One of a few whirlygig beetles.
A chrysallis under one of the boardwalk railings. From the look of it, I suspect gulf fritillary.
We sometimes see cottonmouths from this bridge over the Abita Creek. Nice to have that kind of access AND separation from them!
American beautyberries. So pretty!
A recent favorite of mine; a male blue dasher in obelisk posture.
The setting sun slanting through the trees. Due to the continuing heat in our area, we've typically been hiking around sunset.
Here ends the non-spider section of this post.
This female golden orb weaver had built a massive web all the way across the boardwalk. We crawled on hands and knees to get past it without disturbing it. Click on the picture for a larger and much better view!
In other news, after some correspondence with the local office of The Nature Conservancy (who manage the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve,) I agreed to let them use some of my photos in presentations, publications, etc.
In yet, other news, I've been strict on the migraine diet for about 20 days now. I'd almost kill for a single piece of chocolate, but I feel so much better and am not wobbling all over the place. The extreme restrictions are hard, for sure, but they're also definitely worth it.