Cheryl and I spent a good part of this year outdoors, keeping an eye open for the wonders of nature. Nature was happy to oblige!
We didn't have to journey far for this taste of spring. It's from a tulip tree in our front yard.
A stretch along the Eno we nicknamed "the Shire" for its idyllic beauty.
Farm creek on the New River Trail.
Colorful gravel beneath water at Hanging Rock.
I think this little guy is from the Mountain to Sea Trail near Old Oxford Road.
Petal suspended in a spider web, Eno State Park.
Off the marked path in Eno State Park, exploring an old road to nowhere.
Skinks near the Durham Farmer's Market.
A hitchhiker in a conch we found, just before we returned him to the marsh.
Dragonfly at Murrell's Inlet.
Dunes across from Murrell's Inlet.
This was taken in my mom's back yard.
Congregation of butterflies, looking somewhat like sailboats.
Sunset at Occaneechee Mountain
Fall at Jordan Lake.
Flower at Duke Gardens. Cheryl told me what it was, but I've forgotten. It reminds me of dragon scales.
Taken as we were leaving Duke Cancer Clinic.
This one was still occupied, so we left him.
Turtle in the Trent in New Bern.
Albino faun at American Tobacco Trail.
Blue heron near American Tobacco Trail.