We left home early and got to the arboretum before the hot July sun had gotten high, while the dew still clung to plants and spider webs.
Butterfly weed and insect
Rattlesnake master and blazing star in the prairie
We stopped at the pond for awhile. The water was low. An ant carrying a long piece of plant material caught my eye. I watched him carry it over the equivalent of several mountains and across a desert, making his way to, I presume, some sort of communal space they are building. And then another ant, carrying part of a nut shell, going the same way.