The yard, pond, seasons, animals …

Catching up …

July 7, 2014 Nature

More pics to come.  Had 3 red, 1 yellow and 2 white blossoms today. I’m out on the back deck, overlooking the pond, with my laptop, as I type this.  There are hummingbirds carrying on, just over an arms reach in front of my laptop’s display, feeding from our brightly colored feeder, among other things.

Over 100 lily pads visible this morning, and a second flower.

June 9, 2014 Nature

Gets better looking every day.  Almost every hour.  Water lilies are the bees knees.  I can see why artists so want to capture them. I swear the fish like them too.  We’ll see.

The Pond – Again

June 6, 2014 Nature

About 90 lily pads today.   Eye candy.

Water Lily – the first Blossom

June 4, 2014 Nature

Our first water lily blossom ever.  And about 68 lily pads counted this am.  

Another Lily Pad Count

June 3, 2014 Nature

59 water lily  pads counted this morning, plus one bud, which for two days now has been half poking out of the water. Saw under water on the west side of the pond, shoots from new plants, a few inches under the water’s surface. And saw small bluegills cruising through the sandy spots, about 3″,  just above the bottom.

The Lilies This Morning

June 1, 2014 Nature

43 water lily pads visible this morning. 44 this evening.  Last night, when visibility was better, I could see lots of newly planted lilies under the water – making their way toward the surface. Soon. In another week, when it looks as if all of the lilies planted this year have shown themselves – I’ll make a final 2014 purchase, planting them where there aren’t any. Also, last night in the early evening, there were 3-4 small schools of fish, in theRead More

Water Lilies

May 29, 2014 Nature

There are 30 water lily pads showing this morning.  Perhaps 12 plants.  Most so far, if not all, are returns from the plantings done late last summer.  They first showed about 1.5 weeks ago. To these, I added 45 new ones, to buttress those that came back from last year.  More pics … Such hard work.  I drive to Lowe’s.  Purchase.  Drive home.  Walk down to the pond.  Extract the plants from their packaging.  Toss them into the water.  CleanRead More

Down below … still the land of ice and snow

March 20, 2014 Nature

Winter’s almost gone – almost … Our ice cap is melting, finally.  Studying the new gap in the ice today – saw several small fish – too dark to determine type. No tadpoles observed.  Maybe they hibernated this winter?  The last 3 winters we’d observed them all winter long.  This was our first winter though, where the pond had such an ice cap, for so long. Wondering about the tads – where are they? Saw one dead fish too – andRead More

Winter’s End – what it says

March 10, 2014 Nature

Winter’s waning – going to be much ground water this year.  Several inches of snow and ice slowly melting.  Nowhere to drain to yet, ground’s still frozen.  When it all melts, wetness … for a few weeks.

Scenes of a Winter Afternoon

February 25, 2014 Nature

It was pretty cold but not too cold, and the perfect, loveliest, lightest snow had settled on everything.