2009 Photos: Birds, Butterflies, Beautyberries, Bullfrogs, Bears and More

It's been a busy year -- little time for pictures -- but I have managed to snap a few. As always, I'm blessed to spend much of my time in places where we get to see a bit of wildlife, and I love sharing it.

(in roughly chronological order)

Palamedes Swallowtail
Palamedes Swallowtail
The most common variety of swallowtail butterfly in the Duck (NC coastal) area, this visitor lays eggs in leaves bent to form a shelter.
photo by Mark Minasi