Saw many pawpaw trees, some bearing fruit.
Blunt-lobed woodsia growing from the walls of the old Patowmack Canal. (The rangers were gracious enough to let us into the canal prism for a brief inspection.)
Virginia polypody growing on a rock outcrop.
A great blue heron fishing at Great Falls.
A happy ebony spleenwort with a long fertile frond, growing from rock.
plant along towpath
The BEST persimmons I've ever had. I thought it was too early for them still! These were all from the ground and soft and mushy.
Know I should know this but the name escapes me.
I think this is the most likely Id, but I couldn't confidently distinguish it from a black culture without binoculars. Second pic is just for the scenery :-). Must-do trail if you visit DC.
Found along the side of the Potomac River on the River Trail at Great Falls National Park in Washington, DC.
Seen in front yard 2015 07 19 6:30 am. Seemed to be looking for prey it had attacked.