Monday, August 22, 2011

Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge

We started out Saturday to go to a state historic site, but halfway down to the site we changed our minds (hot, sticky weather and no inclination to walk around in it) and headed farther south to the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge near Wadesboro. We had gone there two years ago in the fall when the colors were amazing and I thought a exploratory trip for fall snapshots was in order. We could stay in the car and mark out places to return in October.

Not as pretty as it is in the fall, but still an interesting drive

The Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge started out in the 1950's as an impoundment at the Gaddy Farm where endangered Canada Geese overwintered. The US government bought the farm and surrounding acreage in the 1960's to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl. In the wintertime the refuge can host more than 10,000 Canada Geese and other ducks and geese, migratory songbirds, quail, wild turkeys and the local whitetail deer and black bears.

It was kind of eerie as we were the only people driving through the back of the refuge. I was a little concerned as we were out of cell phone range and if something happened to the car it would be a long walk back to a paved country road.

We stopped several times to take pictures of wildflowers, the Pee Dee river, cornfields that are planted just for the migrating waterfowl which are now burnt and brown and this butterfly in the middle of the road.

It is called a Red Spotted Purple. Not only is it the name of the butterfly, but an apt description of how it looks. S/he posed for me on the gravel refuge road and allowed me to take quite a few snapshots before s/he flew off into the woods.


Anyes said...

I love how lush the forest seems to be on the side of the road. How sweet of this gorgeous butterfly to have posed for you ;-)

frayedattheedge said...

I'm looking forward to seeing more photos in the autumn - it looks a wonderful place. The butterfly is stunning!!

dinahmow said...

I echo Frayed ...and what a remarkably intact butterfly! So often, by mid-season they are raggedy.