What a difference a little elevation makes.
Below, a Purple Wake-robin, also known as Stinking Willie or Stinking Benjamin. There is no mystery to this name, they smell bad.
At this birding festival, "back to camp" doesn't signify the end of the day. There is a brief interlude for rest, if you grab it, before rejoining all your fellow birders for a delicious dinner and a presentation from one of our experts. This was also our opportunity to welcome fellow bloggers who recently joined the festival--people I felt like I already knew, whose faces and names I recognized, but whom I had never met in person before. And all I can say is, meeting them affirmed everything I knew with some fun additions. I now have a voice and a laugh and some mannerisms that bubble into my mind, making me smile while reading their blogs.
To see all my posts on the New River Birding and Nature Festival click here.
Links and Resources:
Susan Kailholz-Williams--Susan Gets Native
Nina Harfmann--Nature Remains
Will Hershberger--The Music of Nature
Connie Toops--Lost Cove Farm
WV's New River Birding and Nature Festival
National Park Service, New River Gorge Website
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.