Treebeard and I went for a walk today. Here are some of the things we saw...
I can't even imagine how this umbrella found its way onto this beaver's lodge. Perhaps the beaver thought it would make a lovely decorative accent.
All the red floating out on the pond is coming from...
...this little plant: Azolla caroliniana, Mosquito Fern
A snake's skeleton on the trail...lots of vertebrae and ribs. Nothing left to ID the snake, though.
Sometimes, nature seems brutal. I watched as this yellowjacket severed this rosy maple moth's abdomen from its thorax. The head and thorax moved away as the yellowjacket made off with the fat abdomen. A bountiful harvest for the yellowjacket and a violent end for the rosy maple moth...such is life.
A pretty Banded Tussock Moth, Halysidota tessallaris, visits my license plate.
Datana major, Azalea caterpillar, in defensive posture.