Last weekend, Chris and I decided to walk at Devil’s Den, a nature preserve in Fancy Gap, Va.
Chris had heard that warm weather grasses and flowers had been planted and was attracting a lot of butterflies. With camera in tow, we set out.
We saw black-eyed susans, purple monarda, milkweed, cone flowers and Queen Anne’s lace. Here’s some scenery shots and close-ups. I’ll spare you the many, many landscape shots I took: (All photos by E.A. Seagraves. Do not use without permission.)
My hubby and puppy. Do you see the storm clouds behind them?
Queen Anne’s lace
We saw lots of yellow tiger swallowtails, red-spotted purples, buckeyes and black swallowtails.
Yellow tiger swallowtail on milkweed
Black butterfly on mondara
Yellow tiger swallowtail on a cone flower.
More black butterflies on mondara.
We also saw a couple of indigo buntings. It was an awesome nature viewing day.
We pulled into the preserve right after a storm was going down the mountain. We walked around about an 1 1/2 hours, taking pictures of the meadow and walking down the 0.43 mile trail to the cave, which gives the preserve its name.
The trail to the cave is pretty steep so it’s not for those who do not want to or cannot climb rocks and tree limbs.
As we walked back up the mountain side from the cave, mist started rising from the valley below. The valley must have gotten a good, cooling rain after the hot weather we’ve had. By the time we left, the preserve was covered in a thick fog.