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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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

 

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