That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.
― L.M. Montgomery
As luck would have it, I spent a few afternoons at the Pungo Unit of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge the last week or so of April. I wish I lived closer, so I could make more impromptu runs down that way, particularly in certain seasons, like spring (although winter isn’t too bad either). Spring on the refuge is usually less crowded, and the stifling heat of summer has not yet arrived. The light green of the emerging leaves filters the sunlight with tints of yellow and shadows that aren’t quite as dark as in a few more weeks. Everywhere you look, there is life – an almost solid band of yellow of ragwort flowers along many of the roads; zebra and palomedes swallowtail butterflies by the hundreds flitting along the roadsides; birds singing and searching for insects in the dense pocosin vegetation; frogs and toads calling from the canals; turtles basking on logs and mud banks; and, of course, bears. Here are a few more images from a great time of year at my favorite refuge…
Mike – love your photos and descriptions!
Thanks, Wendy. It is quite a place!
a delightful mixed post..with a little something for everyone…butterflies, Box Turtles, Bears, and birds! A joy to read about your adventures.
Thanks, Mary. By the way, you have been getting amazing images of migrating warblers….jealous!
oh yes…add bufos to that list wildlife list!
Mike – Great narrative with fantastic photos!
Curious your location. What road were you on to see bears. I’m camping on OBX at Rodanthe and will drive back to New Bern tomorrow thru that area.
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This time of year, the bears are likely to be seen about anywhere. Best times are still early and late, although I have been seeing them throughout the day. My pictures were taken on the Pungo Unit but I saw other bears on the road that connects Hwy 94 to the south shore of Lake Phelps and runs through other portions of Pocosin Lakes NWR. Alligator River NWR should also be good this time of year. With all the rains we have had recently, there could be some muddy areas on the roads at Pungo. Good luck.
I arrived at Pungo unit area this morning at 9:45. Saw bear along South shore of Lake Phelps and roads in surrounding area.
Since I was returning home (New Bern) from Hatteras I didn’t have my good camera and tripod for this unplanned side trip.
I plan to go back soon and camp at Pettigrew State Park and start out 30 minutes before sunrise.
While camping in western Canada and Alaska (mid May 2013) I saw many lethargic black bear and a few not so tame grizzly. Black bear can be difficult to see in the dark and I would walk up on them unintentionally.
Thank you for sharing your photos.