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.