Wildflowers and Guests

South Carolina’s Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center is composed of 31 square miles on two barrier islands and include some open fields where these wildflowers were blooming earlier this month.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers

The field was surrounded by a wet ditch so I didn’t get real close, but a few plants were growing on edge of the dirt roadway.

Pink Wildflowers
Pink Wildflowers

It was very breezy that day and only a few tenacious insects were flying around. This was good for keeping mosquitoes away but not so good for photographing bouncing blossoms.

Pink Wildflowers and Bee
Pink Wildflowers and Bee

An unknown caterpillar was munching his way to the top of this plant.

Wildflowers Stem and Caterpillar
Wildflowers Stem and Caterpillar

Wood Ducks Are Back

Yesterday was the first time I’ve seen more than two or three Wood Ducks together since last spring’s ducklings matured earlier in the summer.

Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp

Several were lined up on an Alligator ramp as I approached and a few small groups were paddling around in the pond. They tend to be skittish and their general direction was away from me, but a couple more flew onto the ramp.

Wood Ducks in Pond
Wood Ducks in Pond

I heard a Hawk call in the distance and these two groups and about twenty more that I didn’t even know were there in the tree line along my path flew off in a frenzy. Sadly, no photos of that!

Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp