Beautifully colored and patterned, this Common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia
) brightened the brown-gray field floor nicely.
Ranging from red through pink to white, bell-shaped flowers hung in small clusters on shrubs along a woodland path. They may belong to a Black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata
) or something similar.
Variation on a vireo
Always a pleasure to see, this White-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus
) has to be one of the cutest songbird tourists in town for the summer.
Although they look more like pink flowers, I think these fleshy lobes along the stem may be the emerging leaves — perhaps those of a Black cherry tree (Prunus serotina
Blending in with the smooth gray tree trunks & charcoal shadows, this little Eastern phoebe was still noticeable as it groomed, preened, and perch-posed — a nice complimentary performance.
Tiny & piney
Armored in green spikes, these catkins certainly look more menacing than the cottony centers from whence they came. Though pine-like in appearance, I think they’re on some type of willow tree.
The Yellow Pose of New Jersey
Bright as a marshmallow peep, this male goldfinch was like a shiny ornament tucked into the pine branches.