BRENT PENNINGTON Duckweed coats the surface of Fords Pond in the far northern bay on the morning of 12 July 2015.

Duckweed.  It’s a generic term that covers a wide range of free-floating aquatic plants that appear midsummer to blanket the surface of still waters, forming a rippling green mat across quiet bays and coves.  The photo above shows at least two different species – large and small.

I enjoy paddling into swaths of duckweed and watching the kayak trace my path through it.  And I enjoy seeing where critters have done the same.

BRENT PENNINGTON Duckweed coats the surface of Fords Pond in the far northern bay on the morning of 12 July 2015.

BRENT PENNINGTON Duckweed coats the surface of Fords Pond in the far northern bay on the morning of 12 July 2015.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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