It had been almost 3 weeks since my last visit to the pond and I was eager to return once my out-of-town visitors left. There was a lot of change in that short period of time. The milkweed was in full bloom, and the shoreline of the pond and creeks had exploded with green. This was what I saw while hundreds of miles away on the other side of the country, Hurrican Dennis battered the coastal states.
My daughter and I were almost immediately greeted by a young family of squirrels. This shy little one hid behind a leaf as it watched its siblings gather the cherries we 'accidently' dropped on the ground.
The regal cattails were in their prime, having bloomed just for me. The last time I saw them they were just fuzzy yellow stems poking out from the leaves. Even the great blue heron seemed happy to see me and graciously posed.
This picture is hardly a 'good' picture but I wanted to post it for a couple of reasons. First of all, I love the contrast of the silhouette of the Brewer's blackbird and its shadow against the water. And secondly, its barely visable, but if you look real close you'll see a streak of silver in the bird's beak. It had just caught a fish! I never knew these birds ate fish, let alone caught them right out of the water. I probably wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.
I do believe this frog is smiling at me! It was so nice to be back at the ponds, I'd almost forgotten how beautiful it was.