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Scenes from the Beach | December 4, 2016

A Gulf fritillary butterfly alights atop a blossom along Hilton Head's South Forest Beach on Sept. 26, 2016. The Gulf fritillary is one of several species of butterflys that migrate through the area in the fall, as they head south for the winter.
A Gulf fritillary butterfly alights atop a blossom along Hilton Head's South Forest Beach on Sept. 26, 2016. The Gulf fritillary is one of several species of butterflys that migrate through the area in the fall, as they head south for the winter. Island Packet

In walking the beach, one encounters moments of grace, scenes in nature that define beauty. Today is the appearance late in the season of beautiful butterflies — Gulf fritillaries. Butterflies don’t like cool mornings and are generally inactive until the day warms. But these blithe creatures are busy, visiting autumn’s waning wildflowers in quest of nectar. For me, it is a moment of grace, watching two butterflies in particular, flying among withering yellow blossoms of golden asters.

Diary, fall 2016

From the diary of beach walker George Thatcher,

email: fishcrow@aol.com. Collections of Mr. Thatcher’s observations are available from Quail Ridge Press, www.quailridge.com or 800-343-1583.

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