When we were up at the place north of Danville, Illinois where we go to see the swans, herons, lotus blossoms, etc, I noticed this flower out in the swampy/water area. I don't remember seeing it before. I have not tried to identify it yet....I was kind of hoping someone could tell me what it is.
EDA: Thanks to John who has correctly identified this as American Water Willow....
We have had the prettiest skies this summer...days like this are usually few and far between, with them being a bit more numerous in the fall.
Every day seems to be a great day to snap photos...the two above were taken on Saturday.
This glorious sky was what we watched on the way to Terre Haute today.
These first two are out the windshield as we travel south.
This is what was to our left side, looking east.
And believe it or not, this is what we looked at on the way home. Every day the sky seems to put on a show just for us. As Roger says, well, I can't remember just how he says it...but he is implying that God is the Master Artist...that no one can paint a sky quite His way.
We have had more days like this this summer than I think we have ever had in one summer. We try to get out and enjoy them all we can.
Down at the end of this pond lotus are growing...the property has No Trespassing signs so I cannot walk down close to them.
How I wish I could cause they are only about 8-10 minutes from here. They are not far at all...
This Great Blue Heron was down close to the far end. We see him in about this exact spot quite often.
At a different pond, I spotted this guy. When I first spotted it, it was out in the water, with its wings spread open. Before I could even zoom in and focus, it took flight. The only thing that crossed my mind was cormorant, but don't really have any idea if it could be one. I am hoping someone that sees them often can tell me if they think that is one or if you know what it is, please say so. My photo is so blurry that I can do nothing to enhance it to give details. Even in the original, I cannot tell much about its beak.
We have seen cormorants down at the Goose Pond area...and in looking at photos on Google, I found a photo of one sitting in the water that closely resembles what I saw. I just wish I could see the beak in my photo.