Pond – Late Spring, Early Summer

Catching up, since last fall.  The Minnows made it through the winter.  They patrol the pond, and are busy breeding under the water lilies – you see ripples coming from the edges of the lily pads.  Haven’t seen a blue gill yet – hmmmm.  Of course, there are frogs, toads, etc.  And flying birds.  And snakes.  And turtles.  And fishing birds – Herons.  The odd duck or two – they never stay.  And beauty.  So much so – I had to take some pics, and put em here.

Charlie says good bye …

Twilight – Boris is on the dock and the birds are chasing bugs

Boris on the dock, and another beautiful summer evening begins. Birds swooping low over the pond … hunting the bugs that come out at twilight, when the air is so still.

Boris, our big black cat (he’s such a boss) is fascinated by the reflections of the birds on the water’s surface.  As they swoop back and forth over the pond.  Eating as they go.

And the hunt never stops.

Mid Nov – yard and pond

Pond in Late September

No Muskrats.  Only cats, frogs, water lilies, bugs, ducks and birds.  And two labs.  Here’s some pics of the fauna.  Never had any water lilies left by late Aug., in years past.  Much less all of them in late Sept.  And still thriving.

Looking forward to next year – as the cats continue keeping the muskrats out.  The water lilies will come back, stronger than ever.  And we’ll put in a handful of adult bluegills – and watch as they breed,  and glide between the water lily pads.  Bluegills brighten to their best colors, when they can swim about underneath water lilies.

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A gossamer reflection

So, it will be very very pretty, next summer – with lilies and blues (and cats – love those muskrat munchin cats).

Figured something out about water lily blossoms – why they’re so bright.  Their petals work like light pipes – directing sunlight down to their bases.  That’s why they just light up so.  The bugs must like that too – as they’re programmed more or less, to go into the light.

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Blue velvet and water lilies

 

Bright Winter Sun

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