I’m visiting Massachusetts, and stopped at Great Meadows National w/ildlife Refuge, where I saw this Northern Watersnake:
It was a perfect New England summer day — breezy, about 85 degrees, gentle blue sky — so Carol and I decided to take a walk at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon.
Above: Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord, Mass., looking north over the lower impoundment
Above: Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)
Above: Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), with unidentified pollinator