Last week I spent a lot of time combing the preserve for new outcrops of mile-a-minute weed. One of the parts of the preserve I had to cross was a remote wetland far from the accessible parts of the preserve. I was stunned by the beauty there; in the past I had visited this site later in the season, when the plants are waist tall instead of only knee high and the bugs (you know, the ones flying in your eyes) are a bit more prominent. Of course I didn't bring the camera.
So I had to return the next day with the camera. The greens were clear and bright. Deer had nibbled on the tops of the tender new growth of jewelweed, mile-a-minute, and even stinging nettle. Even the garter snake was in the same place sunning the following day.
I'll post a few more photos from this walk over the next few days.