This year I've seen 5 or 6 of these up here; this is as close as I've gotten with a camera...
Fungus found growing on a black oak tree. Roughly 1 foot off a paved trail. Cool, wet, and spongy to the touch.
This spider likes to put her web right in the way of my face. After running into it 3 times, I think she's learning.
Nest in an oak hollow.
Lookin' oh so noble.
Sunning on a log with a couple of Red-eared Sliders. About the same size, maybe a bit bigger.
Saw several tiny ones around the lake.
Did not want to land.
4 immature swans preening, and a Canada Goose in the background. The two parent swans were nearby but I didn't get them in a photo. They have a nest at the other end of the lake.
Possibly some domestic greylag ancestry.
Many different colors.
Is this a Snow Goose? It certainly doesn't look like the domestic ones, but it doesn't have the "grin patch," either. Wish I'd got a side shot. There was only one of these.
Topside view. Tiny head is a giveaway.
Cormorants have such lovely eyes.