On a sandy road along a ditch we happened upon an interesting set of tracks. No pad imprints, just claw-tips.
They gave evidence that some creature had meandered up and down the road, seemingly at a leisurely pace.
We weren't surprised when we happened upon the track-maker...
...a snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina.
Along the same road we saw hundreds of zebra swallowtail butterflies (Eurytides marcellus).
The larvae of the zebra swallowtail feed on the leaves of the pawpaw (Asimina triloba).
Many other animals, including some people, enjoy the fruits of the pawpaw. Perhaps when these ripen, we'll come back, pick 'em up, and put 'em in our basket...
Somewhere along the way today I picked up an univited guest,
a female American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis). Luckily I spotted her before she had time to attach.