With a backdrop of woodland and blue sky, a patch of red osier stands amid the remnants of last year's cattails.
Also called dogwood and red willow, osier is attractive to a variety of wildlife including this redwing blackbird, another spring harbinger.
Framed by osier, a swamp maple is reflected on the surface of a placid backwater. While the sight and sound of the redwing blackbird was obvious, unseen were the spring peepers whose mating call permeated the air.
A mother goose stealthfully protects her clutch of eggs....
...while a great blue heron stalks the edge of a shallow marsh.
It's early evening on Oak Orchard Creek and soon the diurnal creatures will begin their retreat.
As day rapidly fades into night, only the spring peepers will remain vocal, joining the nocturnal chorus of the late night denizens.