The first thing I noticed were some very vocal guinea fowl. I heard them almost my entire visit, no matter where I was on the property. I wouldn't want to have a neighbor who owned guinea fowl!
I then explored Sedgwick Gardens, the garden rooms around the estate house. Beautiful!
Sapphire Berry Tree
At first I thought this was a garden decoration, but when I saw the wet tracks out of the pool, I knew he was real!
From here I walked down the hill, through the orchard and to the CSA fields and flower fields.
Since the day was getting more beautiful by the minute, I plugged in the address for Appleton Farms and found it only 6 miles away, so I thought a return visit was in order. Maybe I could get a ventral view of a Silver-Bordered Fritillary....
The first butterflies I spotted were Pearl Crescents, with the male in hot pursuit of the female.
Pearl Crescents, courting
Silver-Bordered Fritillary (dorsal view)
Here's my side shot of the Silver-Bordered Fritillary.
The head is blurred by grass, but I love the wings!
Eastern Tailed Blue
Bronze Copper posing beautifully on asters
Here are some of the beautiful views from around the property. Would love to come back when the leaves are in peak foliage.