For the first installment: go here
There will definitely be at least one more, if not two, posts about this tiny little preserve. Had to do some digging to come up with names for some plants and then I still don’t know a few!
Last fall while working in the Sabine National Forest, this plant was completely knew to me and all I could say was that it looked like cilantro or the like. Well, it is parsley hawthorn, Crataegus marshallii, so I was right on the weird description!
I think this is a northern crescent butterfly, Phyciodes cocyta. Edit: 06/06/20: It’s a pearl crescent, Phyciodes tharos. Didn’t have the right lens for this but got as close as I could before it flew away. I always do the general “it was here” shot and then start working my way closer to get a better shot for any animal.