I'd gone down this back road to see if the cranes might be out in the field, but as I was passing a wetland area a glimpse of blue made me stop. It was the wild flags, admidst the greenery of ferns and rushes.
What, though, is this nearby yellow flower? Who can identify it for me? 6/20 update: A Detroit friend identified this for me. It is tufted loosestrife. Good to know! Thanks, Dorene!
The lovely dark, watery place shelters many different plants, from large trees to tiny duckweed. And yes, there were frogs, too. There's nothing like a wild place to renew the soul.