Monday, February 7, 2011

Walking on water

In the 9 years we've lived at Run*A*Round, we've never seen our pond freeze completely over.  It's pretty big so it usually just freezes around the edges.  Well, last week's 4+ days of well-below-freezing temps finally sealed the deal.  Saturday morning it was completely frozen over.  Luckily because of sunshine that day, by afternoon it was completely clear again. 
 I believe these were gadwalls.

The ducks were not so happy in the morning, but were relieved to return to normal by afternoon.

 These are Northern Shovelers. 
 Love that monster bill!

This lucky gent was escorting 3 lovely ladies.

22 comments:

Eyeliquor said...

Nice to see the pond with that mirror of ice!
And a touch of gold from the sun!
Nice one!

Trisha said...

WOW! It must have been so cold! Glad to see its warming up for you this afternoon :)

Texan said...

Yep ours froze over solid as well! Thanks to the nice weekend ours too is unthawed! I am so hoping Wed. is weather wise uneventful!

Robin said...

I always wonder just what the duck think when they don't get wet on the water!!

Clint said...

Do you have fish in your pond? Is it fed by a spring?

CountryDreaming said...

Wow, and here I look forward to ponds freezing over in the hopes of catching one-of-a-kind glinting sunset reflections or fantastical abstract patterns in the ice. Half-frozen ponds can make for some really awesome artistic effects too. But when it all melts back to water? Well, flowing waterfalls through snowy banks are cool. Otherwise for me, that special wintertime magic is gone. Am glad you got some pictures of the ice!

texwisgirl said...

Clint - we have lots of catfish and perch. No one's fished it for a long time so they stay sort of small - but the herons and egrets get plenty. :)

I'm not sure if it is spring fed. We have a creek that runs behind the pond area and we get lots of run-off from the front pasture. If we have a spring, it's a small one because we do lose a lot of pond in the dry months - but have never gone dry.

Allison said...

Nice comfy place to be for that man-duck! ;)

Deb said...

glad it defrosted...great photos...you really have a variety of visitors..

Sharon said...

Must be nice to get to watch the various waterfowl! We never see any in the pond nextdoor or across the road. I guess we are not on any of their flight paths.

Liesl said...

I wonder what those thought of the hard landing when they were expecting to land on water! Great pics Teresa!

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Did you get to watch them slip sliding away?? I get so tickled to watch them walking on ice. The news report had a film clip of a mother and 8 babies when a huge wind came up and sent them all tumbling like little tumbleweeds, and sliding across the ice. Luckily, they were all fine once they hit the bank and got off the ice. With that in mind, it was pretty funny.

Liesl said...

Ducks...where did the word ducks disapear to...

Hilda R.B said...

You got nice images near by you. And you got so nice light. I like the frozen pond, you got so great images of it. Have a nice day!

Louise said...

That is some bill, isn't it? Poor ducks probably didn't know what to think. After all, they're in Texas, for Heaven's sake!

Farm Girl said...

Wow, it froze over? That is amazing. I really like all of the wild life you get on your pond.

Bob Bushell said...

You're lucky to have a Shoveler so close, great pictures.

wayside wanderer said...

Very cool! (Get it? ha!) We passed a pond yesterday that was still froze over but then there was another right next to it that wasn't at all as frozen. Weird. I decided it was too much science for my brain to comprehend. I have other things to think about, but I enjoyed the wonder of it. :)

Farmchick said...

Cute to see the ducks on top of the pond, but I am guessing they didn't like it!

Nancy said...

Your pond froze and you weren't out there ice-skating with the ducks? Might have been your only chance, T. :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog (via Deb Ladybug). I'm a NY State girl and we live right up the block from a large lake-has no trouble freezing here! When it is extra cold the town plows a portion for ice skating!

Jennifer said...

I love your pond! So much nature to enjoy :)

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