Friday, May 15, 2009

Lake Guntersville and the butterfly

I'm back from Lake Guntersville in beautiful, exquisite Northeastern Alabama. Oh, my goodness what a gorgeous area this is. Gently rolling Appalachian foothills, this area is worth the 2 hour drive from my house every time. I really wanted to meet and visit with Eve of Sunny Side Up, who just moved to Grant, Alabama, but my work schedule didn't allow extra time for that kind of fun. We'll meet soon though, and you can count on a double-blog extravaganza! In the meantime, from my balcony at the amazing Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge I had the perfect view toward Grant. Somewhere in those tree-filled hilltops covered with misty clouds is Eve's house. Hello Eve!

The ESPN/Bassmaster's Expo was fun. Lots of huge bass were caught and I made lots of contacts. The best part, truly, was discovering what the B.A.S.S. organization is all about. Sunday morning waiting for my boss to wake up and join me for breakfast (he was an hour late) I opened up my BASS Times Magazine and boned up. What I discovered was an amazing organization that is incredibly conservation and ecology oriented. I mean, yeah, there were the ads for jigs and all manner of fishing accouterments that I couldn't identify, but the articles were eye-opening and smart. Very smart.

So, okay that was my weekend at Lake Guntersville. Lots of deer, lots of hills and rocks, lots of fishermen and fast boats. Following all that excitement and movement I was ready for the peace of my house by the lake. Pulling up into the driveway I was happy to see my Virginia Sweetspires in full bloom. Those dirigible bumblebees were drunk on the nectar, running into me and the house with loud thunks. Thankfully, there are no bumblebee police to pull them over for drunk driving - LOL!

The butterflies are beginning to show up. This delicate Comma Angel wing graciously allowed me to follow it about and fill up my flashcard with photos. There were a few skippers flitting about as well, but this brand new beauty made my day.

Enjoy the peace of the butterfly and have a wonderful, lovely, stellar weekend. It's good to be home.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lovely trip, Debi -- enjoy your weekend, too. Your butterflies are lovely. :)

wcgillian said...

Hi Debi,

Nice post and the thought of spending the day on a lake fishing for bass is a very peaceful thought. Wish I could afford it.


Eve said...

Thank you so much for thinking of me while in Guntersville Debi! I was thinking of you and really wanted to surprise you with a visit but am still up to my neck in boxes!
Your comma is just beautiful! I've seen some new and beautiful butterflies but they are evading my camera lens!
Enjoy your weekend and hope it's rain free.

Dirt Princess said...

Well you were in my neck of the woods...well kinda...I am way down in SOuth Alabama. Have a great weekend

Deborah Carr said...

What do the people do who spend their lives indoors tied to a TV?

How do they survive without the joyful abandon of following a butterfly from blossom to blossom?

Bird Girl said...

How nice that you may soon hook up with Eve! I know she will love that! Beautiful butterflies in your Virgina Sweetspires - wow!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun. Guntersville is a special place!

Love the picture of the Comma Angel Wing. Don't think I've ever seen one.

Diane said...

Until I met you I never realized just how many different types of butterflies exist in parts of N. America. I thought most of them lived across the ocean in exotic places. We get some different types of moths but I've only ever seen 2 kinds of butterflies.

Viriginia Sweetspire -- that sounds lovely


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