I thought these acrobatic looped-over stems with their umbrella-like heads might be lotus pods. I scrambled out to as close as I could get to the edge of the pond and even tried to lasso one with a piece of cattail stem, to no avail. Halfway through drawing them I realized they were water hyacinth leaves with most of the leaf submerged. Still they were wonderful to look at.
Further out in the pond were an assortment of things: a water hyacinth bud still hanging on after this week's freezes; a water lily leaf unfurling like a spiral staircase, half submerged, half out of the water; two pods floating on the surface, and two odd little seed pods on the bank.