We are early risers and the brunch was scheduled for 10 a.m. What to do with our time??? A hike, of course! It was quite pleasant to roam around and wander up and down those exotic landforms known as "hills" - we don't have many of those down here in the Coastal Plain. And, of course, we had to check out the wetland area on the property.
I haven't taken the time to ID this fern yet. It was quite tall though.
This boardwalk leads to what they call a river in these parts -- it was only about eight feet wide at this point. It does get much larger as it heads east.
Again, I haven't taken time to ID...most likely some sort of rodent.
The butterfly is a great spangled fritillary. We don't have these in the swamp.
I had to rescue this juvenile ring-neck snake from the road. It was not an easy task. The little guy made himself as flat as he could and wiggled like crazy.
Back in the long ago when Treebeard and I lived in the Piedmont, this was one of my favorite wildflowers. It has the crazy name of fire pink.