Saturday, June 22, 2013

Summer Solstice Safari

Painted Lady (Phyciodes tharos) on Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)
Today I had the rare privilege of hiking on Nature Conservancy land near Copenhagen, La. This preserve is not open to the public, but the Louisiana Native Plant Society got permission to visit, led by botanist Dr. Charles Allen.

What an amazing place and experience! We spent most of our time in a large plot of prairie thick with grasses and wildflowers. This was the only painted lady I saw. The bee balm was blooming everywhere, and we saw prairie clover, prairie conflower, purple coneflower and much more.
This is one of my favorites from the morning. Many photos to come!

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