I recently took a trip to Chippokes Plantation State Park to do some training. As most of you should know by now, spring is here in full force. This would be the perfect time to explore the gardens at Chippokes or take in the breathtaking views of the James River.
I was amazed by how many flowers were already blooming in the beginning of April at Chippokes. It was quite unexpected as most the plants at my house were still looking quite dormant. The area around the mansion was gorgeous. Even the grasses added some color to their surroundings. Most of the plants I cannot identify, but the honey bees sure seemed to love them. I was glad to see the little critters after hearing about their population loss worldwide. I cannot imagine a world with food that is only open pollinated.
As I was taking pictures, a swallowtail flew from flower to flower. Unfortunately, I was a little too slow to get a good picture. Maybe it was too fast. Either way, a black swallowtails in their larval stages. Personally, I think they are the weirdest caterpillar I’ve ever seen around here.
Nature provides some of the best picture opportunities, but do not forget about the mansion. It was originally built in 1854. Since then, it has been the home of multiple owners. Tours are offered daily from 1PM – 5PM. If you are interested in nature, or history,Chippokes Plantation State Park is the place for you.