July 15th. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) perched atop a Wood Duck house.
One of the Northern Water Snakes (Nerodia sipedon) has shed its old skin. I wonder how they do it. I remember an Entomologist I knew likening a caterpillar shedding its old skin to a woman removing her panty hose without using her hands. Same analogy applies here?
It was (still is) a very large snake.
The head end. Note the round eye covering.
A brief stop at the Route 207 crossing. Hedge Bindweed (Convolvulus sepium).
Bumble Bee (Family Bombidae) way inside.
A Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan).
Chicory (Cichorium intybus).
An afternoon walk west of Grayville Road to the Judd Brook Bridge. Wood Lily (Lilium philadelphicum).
A Small White Grass-veneer (Crambus albellus).
Sun penetrating the Jeremy River near the Judd Brook junction.
I'm pretty sure these are Jellied False Coral mushrooms (Tremellodendron pallidum).
An Indian-Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) flower. It's parasitic and lacks chlorophyll.)
Hmm, a Geometrid moth. Haven't ID'd it yet.
The bridge over Judd Brook.
A Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on my ankle.
Tasting my salty sweat,
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos).
The unusual flower of Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata).
Forewing of a Luna Moth (Actias luna).
July 16th. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) out on a limb.
Walking west, I only saw one Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon).
Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata).
Fragrant Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata).
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata).
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis).
Grape (Vitus sp.) tendrils looking for something to cling to.
A young male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) in the channel.
Walking back east, two Northern Water Snakes (Nerodia sipedon) where earlier there was just one. I think the new one was the one who's shed skin I photographed yesterday.
Common Musk Turtle or "Stinkpot" (Sternothaerus odoratus).