May 15, 2015 – Trees are in full leaf, now; their emerald color reflected on the still surface of the pond.




In the upper pond, a Wood Duck hen and her babies make an appearance as a turtle looks on.




Startled by a noise, the hen calls and skips across the pond, leaving the tiny ducklings behind.  Her strategy might distract a possible predator from her vulnerable infants. But, it turns out to be a false alarm. Mom and babies are quickly reunited, and find cover in a patch of pond lilies.




In the darkening forest, phlox thrives, adding notes of lavender and white to a largely green composition.




Star of Bethlehem Ornithogalum umbellatum), with six-rayed white flowers, shares the forest floor with violets.