(Nope, I thought wads of bubblegum too.)
They are snail eggs.
When they're ready, they hatch and fall right down into the water. I haven't figured out what happens after that but I hope the odds are in each baby snail's favor.
And these little beauties were not here a couple of days ago. But look at them all accounted for, paper thin, and purple enough to be royalty.
And that duck you see in the left hand corner is all alone on this pond with only a few turtles to keep her (him? it? my duck illiteracy is showing) company but it never stops swimming, floating, eating, and sunning itself.
My job lately feels like seeing hope wherever it grows.
I'm so glad I skipped the gym today.