This afternoon Jonathan and I took Penny down to the pond. I brought the big tripod, but didn’t really find anything that motivated me to put the camera on it. But I did find something that motivated me to put it on the little tripod:

Floating heart (Nymphoides cordata)

Floating heart (Nymphoides cordata)


I’ve been looking for these all summer. The water has been high pretty much since spring, but has finally gone down to a “normal” level. Maybe that’s what these were waiting for.

There were lots of blackberries along the way, and I spent the whole walk stuffing my face with them. When we got back to the house, I took a short nap, and then took Penny for a lap around my woods.

I saw some more purple mushrooms. I’m not sure if these are the same thing as the ones I’ve seen in the past, but I can’t pass up a purple mushroom photo-op.

Another purple mushroom

Another purple mushroom

Not far from there was something I would never have predicted – a gaywings blossom in August.

Gaywings (Polygala paucifolia)

Gaywings (Polygala paucifolia)


These usually put in an appearance in April or May. I have never seen one in August before. I suspect that with the cool temperatures we’ve had here this summer, this specimen decided to give blooming another go.