On our Friday walk around Jamaica Pond, we came across both a plant and a tree in flower. The plant, yellow toadfloax (Linaria vulgaris), has a spike of yellow flowers with orange centers.
The European spindletree’s (Euonymus europaeus) flowers were easier to miss. A greenish-white, these flowers turn into the much more conspicuous red fruit typical of euonymus plants.
The baby Canadian geese are now much more mature-looking, although they still haven’t outgrown their downy coverings.
With all the rain we’ve been having, water levels are high. The trunks of the river birches that line the banks of the Pond are underwater.
If it weren’t for the willow trees, the island would also be under water.
A closer look at those willows and we see a few birds sitting on their branches. Double-crested cormorants! I believe the one on the left is a juvenile.