Above / A Mallard duck feeds and basks in the sun along the banks of the May Watts Pond at 8AM, May 3.
When seasons change the landscape surrounding May Watts Pond, visitors have opportunities to experience the natural tribute to a Naperville woman, May Theilgaard Watts, who enjoyed a passion for preservation and teaching about the great outdoors.
Above / Twenty-four hours later, the muddy leaves show how much the storm water level has gone down in one day. A Mallard found plenty of food along the banks of May Watts Pond.Above / On May 2, this photo would have been impossible to take from this location as the banks and the trail were covered with storm water. What a difference a day makes!
Above / After feeding along the bank, this Mallard duck, swimming solo the entire time, swam out to the middle of the pond.
May Watts Pond is another natural treasure in Naperville
Born in Chicago to Danish parents, naturalist May Theilgaard Watts (1893-1975) is remembered worldwide for her ideas and dedication to the Illinois Prairie Path when she lived at 227 E. Jefferson Ave., working at the Morton Arboretum.
In Naperville, a park, trail and District 204 elementary school are named in her honor, located in the Countryside and West Wind subdivisions.
Naperville is blessed with natural park settings throughout the city where the changes every season provide times to observe wildlife during quiet walks through neighborhoods or along the Riverwalk.
Above / At 8PM May 3, the sun set over Lake Osborne.
Seize the moments to see nature run its course spring, summer, winter and fall.
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