TheCarolina Wren is a common species of wren that is a resident in the eastern half of the Unites States of America. Their preferred habitat is in dense cover in forests, farm edges and suburban areas. This wren is the state bird of South Carolina.
These birds are generally inconspicuous, avoiding the open for extended periods of time. When out in the open, they investigate their surroundings and are rarely stationary. I didn’t spot many of this species. This shot was pure luck.
Spotted on a residential property acting like they own the place.
One of our largest, most beautiful, and fairly common butterflies, the Tiger Swallowtail in its light form is unmistakable. But the females in this area can be light or dark. The dark form females are thought to gain protection from predators by mimicking the Pipe Vine Swallowtail.
As a caterpillar they feed on specific plants including Tulip tree ,Black Cherry and Sweet bay. Nectar plants for the adult butterfly are very widespread, but the species prefers tall herbs such as Joe-pye-weed as show in the photos.
The main street of Saluda is a bustling hub of newly formed restaurants and art galleries. This gentleman was kind enough to let me take a few shot of him while working on this pot. His store is full of great pieces clay pots and more.