Come April, every corner of woods in Raleigh would sport tiny trees with their branches covered in white rapturous blooms. This is the dogwood tree, and you can easily see why it is North Carolina's state flower.
An unidentified butterfly, and an Appalachian Brown in Raleigh: Summer'16
A yellow tiger swallowtail butterfly in all its summertime glory. A group of swallowtails were fluttering about in Durant Nature Preserve that day, and I had a fun time stalking them.