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)

Juvenile black racer
Juvenile black racer
Black racers are among the largest snakes we've got in southeastern Virginia. They're not poisonous and they eat lots of things that I'm quite happy to do without, so they're all good news as far as I'm concerned. This juvenile is NOT black because they're colored to look like a little water moccasin. They even shake their tails as if they had rattles (not that the moccasin has them).
photo by Mark Minasi