Lake Wakatipu is magnificent and serene at sunset.
Flowering dogwoods and brilliantly colored blooming azaleas brighten the banks along Rice Mill Pond at Middleton Place Plantation on the Ashley River near Charleston, South Carolina. Spanish moss hangs from the trees. The plantation, a National Historic Landmark District, is now a museum, and is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States.
Water lilies and iris bloom at a lake in Kansas.
An alligator swims across a pond on Seabrook Island in South Carolina. A palm tree is reflected in the water. This alligator, about five feet long, had been sunning himself (or herself) on the shoreline opposite our house, but when friends and I walked onto the deck of our house, he began to swim over to investigate us. He rested in the water for several minutes in the water just below us, seemingly staring up at us.
“Alligator at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area” in South Carolina. An alligator is almost invisible in the grass as it waits on a strip of ground in a lake at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area in South Carolina, near Charleston. The marshy area is popular with bird watchers, who can find more than 50 bird species there, as well as alligators, armadillos and other wildlife. Today, this alligator seems alone, but he is patient.
Lake Champlain is situated in the Lake Champlain Valley between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
In March, more than a million snow geese visit Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Mound City, Missouri, on its spring migration north.
Here are the namesake islands of Island Pond, Vermont, which is an area of spectacular natural beauty in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The pond is in the center of the town of Brighton. In this view of Island Pond, cattails are in the foreground, hills blazing with Autumn colors seem to be on fire on the horizon.