I have a bunch of things I “should” be doing, but instead I headed to The Ledges State Park with my camera. I wanted to see some butterflies, some wildflowers, and get some fresh air.
The first wildflower I saw was a little surprising–a spring beauty. It was definitely early for the species and this bloom was the only one I saw.
Snow trillium and hepatica were also blooming.
I really love hepatica.
I saw some microleps and some small sawflies flying. If I had more time I might have gotten some photos of them.
I walked along a path as it was starting to spit a little bit of rain. There were some very dark clouds nearly overhead, so I started to head back up the hill. I saw a small garter snake in the path that I had been on earlier, and tried to get some photos without spooking it.
There were two attractive young women walking up the path, nearly to where I was. I walked in front of them, slowly so as not to frighten the snake. They walked on by, but I got the feeling I might have violated their personal space. Neither one saw the snake, as nearly as I could tell. I did snap a couple of pictures of this colorful animal just as the rain picked up.
I made it back to the car without getting too wet, but the rain poured down on my drive home.