Monday, June 19, 2017

A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE


I put a small pond in at my previous home 
that underwent lots of tweaking. (You know me).
Working in the "Pond Department" at a local nursery
during the summer helped nurture this hobby.
It kept me pretty busy but I thoroughly enjoyed it and miss it.




I miss "Quackers" the most, I guess.
Quackers was a Mallard that for seven years ( I moved)
would build her nest up against my Sunroom.
She would leave her nest late in the morning each day. 
The drake would bring her back around cocktail time when they would  take a "dip" and he would fly off until the next evening
leaving her to sit on her nest.






Ain't love grand ??




This is one of my favorite pictures with her newly hatched ducklings. 
It is pretty old (15years) so the quality leaves much to be desired.
(pre-digital)


It has been through lots of editing over the years as well.






As soon as the ducklings were hatched,
they would head in to the pond.
After about a half an hour, 
they would follow their Mom to the nearby wetlands .

One year it was pouring rain and she made herself big enough
to cover all her babies as they left the nest.

Another year my water level was a little low so I made a ramp
from an old piece of formica for them.

Several years after that I had the same issue. 
Quackers stood outside of the pond at a place where she knew
they could come out under the rocks.
Nature works it out somehow.




There are lots of stories that go with this pond...

This is a Snapping Turtle that came up from the wetlands.
Fortunately the ducklings weren't there.
It did manage to eat the bellies out of two of my Fantails.
I took him back where he came from.
The Duckling population suffered because of these guys.
I once found three baby snappers on my front porch..






The bush behind Mollie is where Quackers had her nest
having two or three clutches a year of 8-12 ducklings.
She became pretty tame and tolerant of Mollie.
You almost had to walk on her to make her leave her nest.



Mollie knows a lot of the later stories..
The pond was a little older than she was.

Linking with Stewart..Wild Bird Wednesday
and Eileen..Saturdays Critters


13 comments:

Mildred said...

I've never had a pond but have always admired them. I enjoyed seeing your photos and reading your memories. Wishing you a very nice week.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, your old pond was pretty. I love the ducks and sweet ducklings. Cute shot of Mollie. I hope the snapping turtle stayed away. The waterlilies are beautiful. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Stewart M said...

What a great story! We had a resident blackbird in our garden in spring - although things did not end well for that family!!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That photo of Quackers with her ducklings is magnificent! What fun that must have been every year to have them as pond-guests!

Lynne said...

I enjoyed your pond pictures and stories . . .
Ducklings are such cute little ones . . .
I think I have said this before . . .
My parents had a large pond behind their home . . .
It provided many hours and days of joys and stories for my dad
watching the birth seasons of ducklings . . .
Until the snappers took over . . .

Susie said...

Missy, I think your photos are always so good. I love the one with the mother and babies in the pond. You had a wonderful pond. Only one year did we ever grow anything "in" our pond. Now I just put things around it. Blessings, stay cool...it's going to heat up here this afternoon. xoxo, Susie

Saimi said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful pond! Those ducks sure had a sweet place to live, I bet you miss it. You are an incredible nature photographer even pre digital your pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing them - its one of the reasons I keep coming back to your blog.

Have a great week Missy
Saimi

Beth Edwards, VA said...

i love the blooms. we see ducks all the time. (i think they are called wood ducks, wish i could see them to take some pics. they are not too popular around here.) i love how close they are ... i tried recently when camping to get close to take pics ... but they didn't like that one bit. walked right away. ran almost. i was like gosh guys ... guess you don't wish to be famous. ha. ha! ( ;

Kelly said...

I love those little homemade ponds! To have ducks swim in them would be even better. I'm sure they were so fun to watch.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Missy!:) What a great story! I loved seeing your beautiful pond and the ducks and ducklings which made their home in your garden. No matter how small a pond is a valuable asset in a garden, and I can well believe how you miss it. Thank you, your story made me smile.:)

Les Fous du Cap said...

C'est mignon ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

What a sweet story about your pond. It's like a small animal community that I can tell you really enjoyed. I think it would be fun to have a pond if I didn't have to take care of it. With so many drought years, that's just not possible here. Thanks for sharing yours.

Lowcarb team member said...

I so enjoyed this post, reading the story and seeing your photographs ... just wonderful.

All the best Jan