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 the shallows, working through the lily pads, just a few inches over the bottom. Caught in the last of the sunlight. Beautiful.
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 – and interestingly, don’t think it was a blue. Maybe a perch (had vertical stripes). But we only stocked blues – and some quick research just told me that it was most likely a blue.
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.
It was pretty cold but not too cold, and the perfect, loveliest, lightest snow had settled on everything.