Wandering Around America One State at a Time – North Dakota

State 31:

Welcome to the next post in my series highlighting states we have visited throughout the years. I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride!

I will be featuring the states alphabetically. The next state in my series is

North Dakota

North Dakota became the 39th state on November 2, 1889. The capital is Bismark.

Our one and only visit to North Dakota was way too short.  After traveling into North Dakota from Saskatchewan, Canada we were headed for South Dakota when we stopped for a night in Williston. It had been a long driving day and we just wanted a hot meal and a place to sleep for the night.

The next day as we continued driving south on Highway 85 we stopped for a panoramic view of the Badlands of the Little Missouri. We also passed close by one of the entrances to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. There were bison far off in the distance. We would have loved to stop to explore a little more but time was against us on that trip.

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Badlands of the Little Missouri
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Badlands of the Little Missouri
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Badlands of the Little Missouri

This is my contribution to this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

To read previous posts about the states featured in this series just click on the state name: Alabama      Alaska      Arizona      Arkansas      California      Colorado     Florida      Georgia      Hawaii        Idaho  Illinois      Indiana      Iowa     Kansas     Kentucky     Louisiana     Maine     Maryland     Massachusetts     Michigan     Minnesota    Mississippi     Missouri     Montana     Nebraska     Nevada      New Hampshire     New Mexico      New York     North Carolina

Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch

Last summer as I was browsing through some blogs I stumbled upon a post on Winged Beauty Butterflies that mentioned Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch, a butterfly habitat in Eatonton, Georgia. The next time we were visiting near there I stopped by the habitat and fell in love with it. I posted about my first visit to the habitat at Wandering in the Briar Patch.

My latest visit to the habitat was this past weekend in July, 2016. While I was wandering through the garden I had the pleasure of meeting Virginia Linch, the woman with the vision to create this magnificent butterfly habitat. Her enthusiasm was contagious as she gave me a tour and introduced me to many of the native Georgia nectar plants that I wasn’t familiar with. She also knew where to look for caterpillars and showed me some so tiny I would have never seen them if she hadn’t pointed them out.

The blooms were vibrant throughout the garden.

Mexican Sunflower
Mexican Sunflower
Blooms in the Briar Patch
Blooms in the Briar Patch
Bee on Black Eyed Susan
Bee on Black Eyed Susan

I could see swallowtails, monarchs and other butterflies landing on the blooms but none would stay around long enough for me to get a picture. A Viceroy landed on the ground in front of me and paid no attention to me at all.

Viceroy in the Briar Patch
Viceroy in the Briar Patch

This Gulf Fritillary wasn’t shy.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

I would never have spotted this Giant Swallowtail caterpillar if Virginia hadn’t pointed it out to me.

Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar

You can see how small it is compared to Virginia’s hand.

Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar

There are benches for resting and even a new porch for sitting.

Porch sitting in the Briar Patch
Porch sitting in the Briar Patch

Thank you Virginia for giving me a tour and for all of your hard work!

Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch is Certified Monarch Way Station No. 9045 and is also an official site for geo-caching.

A few Florida curves

On our recent spring trip to the Gulf Islands National Seashore we encountered a few curves the day we moved on to Falling Waters State Park.

Sand covered parts of Fort Pickens Road as we exited the National Seashore
Sand covered parts of Fort Pickens Road as we exited the National Seashore
Curve in Garcon Point Bridge, Florida
Curve in Garcon Point Bridge, Florida
Curve in Boardwalk at Falling Waters State , Florida
Curve in Boardwalk at Falling Waters State , Florida

This is my contribution to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve