On one deep branch in the pond, I counted 6 of these spiders each with a 30 cm web. As sun hit the water in the morning, a hatch of small full bodied insects swarmed and many were caught in the webs within minutes. The spiders were very fast in immobilizing their prey and moving on to the next.
My 500th observation on iNaturalist. Thanks everyone for this wonderful community.
I made my ID based on seeing the parents.
In profuse bloom along the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially MP 169 area.
I think this is Lonicera tartaric
This pair was under a pile of lumber that had only recently been moved. I guess they are 'migrating' to a new area, taking advantage of a few wet spring days when lots of amphibians move.
Dogwood are in decline here. This one is not too healthy
Canada goose nesting.
Last Spring (2014) Alice and Billy nested and raised 5 goslings on the pond. They returned this spring and stablished a nest on 26 Mar. Five other geese occasionally visit the pond, Billy chases them off. I am guessing these are last year's offspring. This year's nest is in exactly the same spot.