Under the trees the very air seemed green.
Many of the stumps hosted swamp rose in full bloom.
In turn, the rose bushes played host to an assortment of critters.
Black Saddlebags dragonfly
Hmm...how'd that get in there? ;)
The requisite green treefrog.
There are some unusual looking trees out on the pond. I have written before about the effects of the mistletoe on the growth of tree branches. The mistletoe that grew on this tupelo gum gave it a decidedly unicorn-like appearance.
Okay, so what if it is a pencil-necked, mule-faced unicorn?
While paddling out on the pond you have to be prepared for youngsters trying to hitch a ride.
I have absolutely no idea which species of damselfly this is. Identifying teneral (newly emerged) odonates is a bit beyond my abilities.
And there are plenty of teneral odonates out there. Just about anywhere you look you can find a shed from a naiad. Here we found the exuviae of a dragonfly naiad as well as that of a spider. There's a lot of growing going on out there.
Speaking of spiders, this one found a spot of shade in the top of a mushroom growing on the side of a dead tree out on the pond.
We found a number of bird nests while we were out paddling. I opted not to photograph them because I didn't want to stress out the parent birds. Instead, I will offer up this iridescent feather.
When the temperature crept up into the 90s, we decided to call it a morning and head in. We're not as into basking in the blazing sun as this yellowbelly slider.