Friday, December 6, 2013

Pretty Lame (and Stale) Reflections

Last year (yes, over a year ago), the pond got quite a layer of sludgy algae on it in fall. Still, I got some photos out of it (even if I waited a year to use them).
Turtles and ripples and color, even with the areas of algae.

I think both the heron and the turtle were saying, "This blows..."
This fall the pond remained clear. No algae bloom. I think it has to do with weather (sunlight, heat), rainwater run-off that might contain fertilizers, who knows...

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130 comments:

Revrunner said...

Yep, a similar kind of algae bloom affects stagnate portions of the C&O Canal here in D.C. and Maryland.

Duckbutt said...

A different kind of beauty, perhaps?

Crissi said...

Super shots!
Have a nice weekend
Crissi

georgettesullins said...

Don Quixote and Sancho looking for adventures.

Buttons said...

Morning Tex oh yes I am sure that is exactly what they were saying:) Love the shots. Hug B

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I like the look and evidently the Great Blue Heron and Turtle did too. Have a great weekend.

Deb said...

does make for cool photos....

Joop Zand said...

Very good shots Theresa.

Greetings, Joop

Betty Manousos said...

love the reflections!

Giga said...

To prawda, że glony przeszkadzają w robieniu zdjęć z odbiciami w wodzie i są w niej nie potrzebne. Pozdrawiam.
It is true that algae interfere with taking pictures of reflections in the water and in it are not needed. Yours.

Primitive Stars said...

Creatures from the black lagoon, still looks nice at the pond, Francine.

Sally said...

I'm sure that's exactly what they were saying. :)

xoxo

Optimistic Existentialist said...

LOL yes the heron and the turtle look rather pissed :)

Lynne said...

Like the one sprig of brighter green amidst the green color mixes of the algae . . .

Munir said...

Isn't it cool that life survives even in gunk like algae.
My husband thinks that algae is nature too. I think that clean waters are clean waters.

Molly The Wally said...

We have that on our park pond because of stagnation so they put in sir filters now. Love Mr Heron. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

Kerri Farley said...

Lovely shots!

Sandra said...

Herons and Turtles, Oh MY oh MY... they look great with or without algae blooms... wonder which they prefer?

Anvilcloud said...

That does not seem nice. Glad it's better this time round.

Brk Trt said...

I know what that's like.
We have a pod out in front and at times you never know what might stick its head through the bloom.

Donna said...

It's the summer heat and abundance of organic matter than is in the pond. Algae like that is a sure sign of very low pH.

Montanagirl said...

How did you know that was what they were saying? LOL. That's a lot of green and it sure turns sludgy when it gets like that. Makes for nice photo-ops though, especially when there's a Great Blue Heron standing in it!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

That does look pretty gross. But I imagine the heron and turtles preferred the algae to chemicals you could have used to clean it up.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Tex Your shots were worth waiting a year for.

DJan said...

I'm with the heron. I like it clear, not all scummy like that! :-)

Jeanne said...

Lovely heron! and glad you missed out on the algae bloom! hope your little ducklings will be ok in this winter storm.

Dicky Bird said...

Oh my, that is slimy. I didn't even see the turtle - until I read the caption.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

A clear pond is a happy pond! Or a clear pond makes me happy.. :)

Pantherka said...

Great and beautiful shots.

Pallavi said...

Its still beautiful :)

Gail Dixon said...

The GBH/turtle shot reminds me of a painting. Poor turtle was covered and the heron couldn't see to fish! Glad the pond is clear now. :)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

They were probably thinking that! The algae has its own beauty, but I am glad it's clear now.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

If this interstitial sludge is man made then yes 'it blows'. if its from a natural process then i say to dem der long legged scowl faced bird and that slow poke turtle to 'deal with it'. Algae is a living think, ya know!

have a great weekend mi amiga

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

If this interstitial sludge is man made then yes 'it blows'. if its from a natural process then i say to dem der long legged scowl faced bird and that slow poke turtle to 'deal with it'. Algae is a living think, ya know!

have a great weekend mi amiga

edenhills said...

It did make for some nice photos, but I'm sure the critters are glad it stayed clear this fall!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Beautiful photos. always interesting to see what each season will bring us. xo Laura

Susan said...

Yep, we get algae blooms in our ponds here every fall. Fertilizer does play a big part in that. The photos are beautiful.

Inger said...

I wonder what the bird and the turtle are really thinking.

Karen said...

Glad it stayed clear this year!

stiefbeen said...

krijgen we de volgende keer het verhaal van de reiger en de schildpad?

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

That heron looks furious!

Farm Girl said...

Wow I didn't know it would do that. I am so glad that this year it stayed clear. I hope you get lots of rain to keep it full this year.

Marit Sønstebø said...

The heron is so lovely! My pond have also been better this year. Here it has been little rain this summer, and it helps my pond :)

Sylvia K said...

Well, I haven't got any algae, but I do have pretty heavy snow this morning!!!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Do you have to skim off the algae or does it just dissolve, go away or whatever?

Lynn said...

I am slightly taken aback every time you mention or show us turtles, I've just never associated Texas and Turtles..there is just too much I do not know, pretty Heron and pretty Algae, I can say this cuz you do not have any this year.

don said...

These are fine shot from the past. It's good to have some reserve pictures.

LV said...

Sometimes the ugly stuff makes for a great sights. Stay warm.

Ron said...

LOL! Our ponds do that every year and I'm sure the birds around here agree with your birds.

catskillblogger said...

Great photos, especially love that turtle.

James said...

Nice shots and thankfully pictures don't have expiration dates. :-)

joeh said...

I can understand why you waited a year to show those...pond scum...yuuuck.

Pond scum...painted bunting...I prefer the PB's

Still interesting though.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That was totally over grown by algae. When this year the humidity and temperature were not in the optimum, it just didn't grow.
Hugs,
Mariette

Busy Little Chicken said...

Wow, that was overtaken by algae...did it disappear naturally?

Ms. A said...

Only you could make algae look interesting!

Julia said...

I'm glad that the algae didn't covered your pond this fall. Runoff from fertilizer is not good.

That is one of the reason we do not use commercial fertilizer on our 300 acre farm. We spread liquid manure that we hold in a huge cement lagoon and when it is spread on the fields from a big tanker manure sprayer, there's not even a smell since it has composted in the lagoon. The rainwater from the barn roof adds to the liquid to make it easier to spray.

Hugs,
JB

Mama Zen said...

We had wicked algae bloom last year, too.

Leave It To Davis said...

ROFLMAO!!!! "this blows"....my side hurts! Why aren't you doing stand up comedy somewhere? You kill me!!! but in a good way!

Leovi said...

A beautiful heron! delicious green colors!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That was a lot of algae!

Hilary said...

So cool that you caught the heron and turtle in one shot.

KB Bear said...

I'm glad that algae stayed away. The Whistlers might not have liked it :)

Love the heron and the turtle together!

Łucja-Maria said...

The heat and sun make it appear algae quickly.
In your coverage of the entire surface of the water.
I wish you a nice weekend.

EG CameraGirl said...

Pond scum is not my favourite. ;)

RedPat said...

I love the pic with the heron & the turtle. They are not impressed! ;-)

GreenBici said...

Nice blog!

I used to see at least one Heron, everyday in TX.

Peace :)

DeniseinVA said...

I need to read up more on this algae. I've wondered about it when I have seen it on ponds around here. Your heron is a beautiful shot, I haven't seen one around here for ages.

SweetMarie said...

I'm seeing all green! lol nice shots!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Oh what a difference.
We are doing ok in our storm, unfortunately are people killed in this storm.......
We have snow all day and hard wind, very difficult to drive today
have a great weekend!
Majsan/

Stephen Hayes said...

Does any of the wildlife eat algae? It must be good for something.

Karen S. said...

I totally agree with them!

Ela said...

Interesting pictures
Have a nice weekend

Mersad said...

Love the reflections Theresa. Re my blog not loading, try to wait a little bit, for the images to load completely or click refresh. I really haven't encountered a loading problem from any PC I opened the blog on, and besides you no one else has had any problems. Hope that it'll be fixed for you next time you visit.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

jeannettestgermain said...

I don't think these are lame or stale reflections! Since you don't live in Paris, this is all you had in front of you, so ...

Bob Bushell said...

A sludge filled pond, the poor Heron and a Turtle!!!!!!!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, So happy you had a clear pond. Hope you don't get too icy with this major Winter storm in Northern TX and Southern OK. Happily it's 82 here in Marion County (I don't miss TN snow and ice much). Have an excellent weekend!

Margie said...

Glad we didn't lose you in the archives!

Our photos said...

Nice photos!

Cloudia said...

So glad it doesn't blow this year!♥


Aloha

Janey and Co. said...

Not sure that they are concerned about how clear it is...but we sure are,

Melissa said...

It's sort of cool looking when it's patchy! My husband is an environmental engineer, and he has told me what causes this (of course I can't remember though!)...I'll have to ask him!

Marissa said...

love it..~~

eileeninmd said...

I say better late then never! The reflections are pretty and I love the Heron! Have a happy weekend!

parker said...

Nice pics in spite of the slimey green stuff! One of the products that seem to accompany drought conditions.

Debbie said...

it almost looks like lily pads!!

and that heron sure looks happy ;)

:.tossan© said...

Magnificent photos!
Abraço

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Our pond has that stuff on it every year lately. It'll go away in the late fall.

Carole M. said...

I bet all of nature's bounty out there are thinking glad that bloom hasn't come back; it doesn't look the best and you can imagine how miserable it might be living 'in it'

Rosa María said...

Es triste ver tan defenestrada la naturaleza. El hombre sigue destrozando y dilapidando haciendo muy poco para evitar estas catastrofes.
Un abrazo,
Rosa María Milleiro

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I think the algae looks neat!

A Quiet Corner said...

Hmmmm...it's the season for green, right????...:)JP

bailey-road.com said...

Sludgy, maybe, but still a wildlife magnet.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Turtles are such funny critters to photograph...they look so prehistoric. Love your pics!

Michelle said...

Pond chemistry is a tricky business. That last is a good one.

Indrani said...

Pond scum makes an interesting subject for photography!

Raggedy Creations said...

wow that is a bunch of algae.

Paula said...

We have a lot of algae too and also lots of ducks hanging around. John thinks they eat the algae but I'm not sure about that. Poor turtles have a hard time swimming in it to meet me for their snack which they didn't get today because of the weather.

Randy said...

Beauty can be found everywhere.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

I'm glad it's clear for you all this year...Personally, I'm not a fan of algea on ponds or lakes...

Rose said...

I am just glad we don't have to wade in that! That is a great pic of the heron.

Stephanie said...

That is a lot algae.

Paul said...

Yup, sunshine and nitrogen will do it every time!

I have a little fish pond in my front yard that "blooms" every summer for a few weeks until the excess nitrogen is all used up...

Linda said...

Our pond gets way too much algae. Ick!

Rita said...

That poor turtle! (But it still makes me giggle.)

EastCoastLife said...

Poor turtle, he had to live with the yucky algae. Hope he is happier this year :)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I hope Baron didn't do any turtle fetching in this! :) It is quite pretty actually. xo

ashok said...

well captured Theresa

ashok said...

well captured Theresa

Terri Buster said...

Our pond did the same thing, only not quite so bad. I was the one saying "this blows" I don't like that green muck. LOL!

'Tsuki said...

It is always a pleasure to come discover new birds on your blog !

stardust said...

The water with ripples reflecting green looks so clear that I can’t believe the existence of algae.

Yoko

Rosemary Aubut said...

Especially love the first shot! Great post!

Brian King said...

Yeah, the heron looks none too pleased! The big lakes here get algae blooms during some years that kills fish.

McGuffy Ann said...

Ah, the wonders of nature. Not always beautiful, but part of the circle of life.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Not a fan of the scum…but I do love your wildlife. :)

bon bon said...

lol–that did blow. glad you were in the clear this year.

damian said...


Congratulations :) Good observation pictures :)


Greets from Poland

pattisjarrett said...

Algae bloom reminds me of a lake at a camping ground where a traveling aunt and uncle took me once. The water was brown and murky, apparently after a storm. I wasn't very interested in swimming that day.

michaelswoodcraft said...

Oh my, the algae is slimy, cool shot sthough. Love the turtle and heron!!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I don't know. The heron might have a better chance catching frogs

Sandy Carlson said...

The darned algae is so miserable. I hope the water stays clear.

Marie said...

I always worry when a pond covers in algae!

Stewart M said...

I'm not sure the turtle would be too happy about the slimy green overcoat!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

catskillblogger said...

Algae is weird. It's actually kind of neat.

Fireblossom said...

Eww, gross! makes barfing noises*

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lotta that around here. Hope you're staying warm.

Helma said...

Two very different pictures.
An emt algae and very bright.
Nice to see :-) heron and a turtle in it

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Debby@Just Breathe said...

Glad it's clear this year!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

you got some fungus amongus

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