Friday, June 12, 2015

The Pond

On the last day of May, looking the healthiest it's been in about 5 years, thanks to the wettest May on record here (the 4-year drought status in Texas has been mostly erased).
A week later, after the rains have stopped and the sun has turned up the summer heat (in the 90s F every day, now), duck weed is 'blooming'.


 Hopefully it won't overtake too large an area of the pond's surface.

Linking to Weekend Reflections

112 comments:

Buttons Thoughts said...

Morning Tex oh it is beautiful and your flying friends are going to love it. Bye bye drought thank goodness.. Hug B

Crafty Green Poet said...

It all looks beautifully green

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, I know you got a lot of rain recently probably too much. But, it did make the pond look great. I have not seen the duck weed look red only green. I remember you posting photos when your pond was almost dry? Was that last year? Pretty shots! Have a great Friday and a happy weekend!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

The pond is beautiful, both with and without the duckweed./

Giga said...

The red color adds to the charm pond, as long as it is not possessed in its entirety. Regards.

Pamela Gordon said...

Your pond looks so beauti-full and I'm glad your drought has been pretty well relieved. Such a relief I'm sure. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I'm so glad we had the rain to fill our ponds back up- and glad here that we had a spillway on one end so it didn't get to high! I don't think I am familiar with duck weed- is it algae or a plant? I'll have to go google that! Have a super day!

S. J. Qualls said...

Is this a good thing or not? Any way to pull it over to the side? I do not know duckweed ...

Janey and Co. said...

I don't know a lot about plants. I would hate it if this duck weed would completely cover your wonderful pond!

nookworm said...

Where there are ducks there is usually duckweed! It is very prevalent where I live and I understand that duckweed can be a positive pond plant and helps prevent some evaporation.

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful shots of the pond, Tex. Even with the duckweed.

Mersad said...

It sure seems to be taking over the pond. Hopefully, as you say, it won't cover all of it.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Paula said...

I wouldn't mind if it would rain again, there is a chance I think.

Jacquelineand.... said...

So glad the drought is mostly over for you... fingers crossed the duckweed doesn't take over!

troutbirder said...

Well at least the drought broke though duckweed might only be good for the ducks....:)

Sandra said...

wow, the pond looks great. i remember a couple years ago when it was almost dry, even the orange fence was out of the water

ellen abbott said...

the airport in Houston registered rain for 23 out of 31 days in May.

Linda Kay said...

When I see even the stock ponds looking full, it is interesting that we had gotten used to the dry look. So refreshing to see the water rising. Have a great weekend.

DJan said...

I do hope you're right and the drought is over for Texas. We are now officially in a "drought" since everything is anomalously dry because of the lack of snowpack. But compared to California we're doing fine. :-)

ThreeOldKeys said...

Your pond is so large, and so close to your deck ... watching the life out there has to be better than television. Glad it's been refilled by rain. Hopefully the ducks will munch the duckweed?

Jeevan said...

Beautiful pool shots and nice reflections to go along!

Jeanne said...

It is amazing what a little rain can do!

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, Neat photos of the pond. Wow, I think it looks bigger in these photos than I've ever noticed before. Have a friend near Granbury who says Lake Granbury is up about 5 feet over the last few months. Sure glad to see the drought mostly erased.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Great shots. So lush!

joeh said...

How big is that pond? It might be a lake in New Jersey.

Phyllis Oller said...

I never heard of that weed, but it is pretty & I`m sure your flying friends will love sifting through it. Lovely reflections, & have a great weekend, phyllis in Pa

LV said...

With your photo sills, you make even a duck pond look good. Looks like a place the mosquitoes would love.

Julia said...

That is so pretty. I hope a lot of ducks will eat the duck grass so it won't become a problem.
Have a great weekend Theresa.
Hugs,
JB

Debby@Just Breathe said...

It looks lovely, lush and green! I hope our five year drought will change this fall.

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

The first picture of the pond is so beautiful. A shame it cannot be like that all year long. Some day maybe I can say that our drought is over also.

jo(e) said...

The duckweed is such a pretty colour!

Midmarsh John said...

Always a problem in continuous sunlight - algae blooms and rapid duckweed spread. Hope it doesn't get too bad.

Pat said...

Lovely shots of the pond...Know TX needed the rain but I'm sure you wished it hadn't come all at once.

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely pond! I'm sure it looks even lovelier with the amount of rain that you've had this year!!

Debbie said...

oooooo t, it's beautiful!! that first image is just perfect!!!

i like the tree/stick, it is perfect for perching....the pond is larger than i thought!!!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Your pond looks so lovely! Glad for all the rain. The last photo is so beautiful!

don said...

A fine sequence on nature's production of Duck Weed. I'm glad to see the pond look so full of water.

RedPat said...

That 1st shot is particularly beautiful, Tex!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

We're investing in skeeter spray here too. May was our rainiest on record.

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

How wonderful that your drought has broken. I would love to just sit and gaze at your pond. xo Laura

Terry and Linda said...

Duck Weed terrible stuff...it will smother out a pond!

Linda
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HOOTIN ANNI said...

Pretty tho!!! Weed and all.
It's so nice to see water where it should be around my part of Texas these days, but I fear the heat will dry things up once again.

I too had 'pond reflections' for the weekend.

Irma said...

Beautiful pond, everything is green.
The reflection is beautiful.

William Kendall said...

A beautiful pond!

Farm Girl said...

Wow!! The pond is full! It looks so nice. I am so glad your drought is finally over. We have heat now too. We have had some nice thunder and lighting and rain storms. More like the Midwest, than California. I am pretty happy about the change.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Good news about the drought. The pond looks great!

Taken For Granted said...

Lovely still water reflections. Great calmness in your photos.

Pom Pom said...

The pond is looking very serene and lovely! GREEN, too!

Stephen Hayes said...

That looks like a healthy pond to me.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

i'm glad some places are benefitting from all the rain in lieu of the devestation in other areas. could you ask your people in texas to build a pipe to california and share some of the water?

have a wonderful weekend mi amiga

Uppal said...

A lot of greenery, color and wetness. Fabulous pics!

Gosia k said...

Lovely setting in Poland we rarely experienced drought

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I'd never heard of duckweed, but now I'm wondering if that's the "scum" that's becoming so prominent on the lake at Ouabache State Park that we visit so frequently. I'm going to have to take a closer look at it. The pond looks wonderful and healthy in that first shot.

Jo said...

Wow, what beautiful images and reflections. Have a great weekend. Jo

Felicia said...

beautiful. hope it doesn't get dry again for you.

Margaret Adamson said...

Beautiful reflections Have a lovely weekend.

Gayle said...

Very nice reflections. Glad you have a break from drought.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful! The pond must attract so much wildlife!

Halcyon said...

Oklahoma has also been glad for all the recent rain. They're out of drought too now!
Everything does look really lush.

jeannettestgermain said...

wonder if my comment got through - sometimes I can't "veriify the bread, or what have they" because it keeps jumping up and down - anyways
Am happy for TX that the drought is over - it must have undoubtedly effected the farmers! Can't recall every having seen blooming duckweed:) Have a great weekend!

Nancy J said...

Duck weed, years ago I worked at a hospital and a young lady came in with a rash, and us locals usually called it " Duck itch"... there was a young Dr there from overseas, and he asked " What is that? I haven't heard of "duggitch" before"!!! We tried so hard not to laugh. Your pond colours are wonderful, love that first one with a curved branch reflection.

Maggid said...

Duck Weed??? I had to look it up.
What will creation think up next - and, i wonder why this is blamed on ducks???

ya know . . I REALLY like visiting your blog.
(If i knew how to put a smiling face here, I would)
-g-

Phil Slade said...

Here in England we moan when it rains a lot but we'd sure miss it we had no rain for years, maybe even weeks.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Whatever the color, I envy your having a pond! :-)

Revrunner said...

Looks like a mosquito breeding ground to me. May be time to call in the airstrikes. :-)

Sally said...

Wow - it looks great! :)

xoxo

barbara l. hale said...

Glad to see that pond even though all that rain brought tough times to Texas. 90s you say. We're in the 80s here and I've had enough.

karenpezzimentiphotography said...

Great reflections.

Grandma C said...

Beautiful pond! We heard about your storm all the way out here in California. lol We had a small rain a few days ago but we are still in drought mode. Rain Dancing for us is welcome. lol

messymimi said...

Love the pond, and is it called duck weed because they like swimming in it, or because they like to eat it, or some other reason?

Black Jack's Carol said...

The pond looks absolutely vibrant, even with the duck weed (didn't know that term before). I'm glad the Texas drought finally ended. Apparently, one is in the offing for Vancouver, and there are those who feel it could last for years if we don't take steps to preserve the water we have now. Hard to believe, but for sure, this past winter barely deserved the term "winter" at all. No complaints about that, but I'm trying now to be less wasteful

Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon, lovely looking pond, so pretty. So wonderful to have your own pond.Blessings Francine.

Kovács Miklós said...

So beautiful pond. Liked lots of greens and reflections. Especially on your first shot.

Lynn said...

Never heard of duck weed, can you scoop it out?

Our photos said...

Very nice pond !

SweetMarie said...

your pond is so pretty! did you take the orange fence out? love your piece of paradise. :)

Mildred said...

I love the sky's reflection in the water.

Rose said...

NO wonder the Whistlers love your place!

Brk Trt said...

Rain wonderful rain.
Nice photos.

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

The pond looks great. Nice to have water nearby :)

Red said...

What a difference a big rain can make. we've been getting rain this week and it's great as we're really dry.

bailey-road.com said...

Everything looks so lush!

KB Bear said...

So lush, and so beautiful! I love your pond.

Stephanie said...

Love your healthy looking pond, so green and lush.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The drought is over! The rain dance worked. Beautiful!!!!!

Gail said...

It is beautiful. I know it has been low so low, what a blessing to all who needed rain badly.

If that a fish whirl is picture number four??

Ruth Hiebert said...

Oh,those reflections are stunning.

Ms. A said...

LOVE that first shot! Is duck weed dangerous? I'm not familiar with it.

Nancy Chan said...

Lovely pond with lush greens and your lake is very beautiful.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Very nice views of the pond, beautiful reflections!

Mama Zen said...

Good to see the pond full!

Paul said...

Wow, nice full pond!

Time for those Whistlers and Turtles to get to work on that Duckweed before it gets out of control.

Rita said...

That's quite the bloom! So nice to be past the drought. :)

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

our duckweeds' are green, I think.

Kathy said...

On my trip last week through Central Texas every single one of our state's great rivers are full and wider than I've ever seen them.

Lynne said...

What a treat it must be to actually see a pond this year . . .
No drought . . .
I have to check out " duck weed!"
I hope it doesn't take over either . . .

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

The pond is beautiful. So glad the drought is over for us. Hope the duck weed takes a break. CM

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Such pretty reflections off the pond. I sure hope our drought breaks this coming winter. It's bad.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

So glad the drought is busted in your bit of country... here too in Missouri!
I am not familiar with duck weed but I think it would choke off the oxygen for anything living in the pond. We use grass carp and a few ducks around here to get rid of algae bloom and some peeps use copper sulfate.
Good Morning, Tex!
I commented on the previous post as Rural Rambles, my old Blogger name... :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Thank goodness for rain ...

Pond looks great.

All the best Jan

Karen S. said...

It is pretty, and what a relaxing place to enjoy too. Your reflections are incredible too.

Betty Manousos said...

now, that's a welcome sight. i'm green with envy. lol!
your pond looks heavenly.

happy weekend~ xoxo

James said...

The pond looks beautiful!

Gert said...

Goodness, what causes this? Do you have it every year? Or is it growing due to the rain/heat?

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Everything looks so beautiful and green and your pond looks very full.

Randy said...

It's beautiful.

Laura. M said...

Beautiful. I love !!

Brian King said...

It does look good! Hopefully, the drought status stays erased for a while.

pattisjarrett said...

It is nice to see so much water, but not so much duckweed. Hopefully it will behave!

edenhills said...

Your pond is so beautiful. I love that you share all the wildlife it attracts with us.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful view of the pond. I love the reflections.

Made by KKann said...

So beautiful.

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