Reflecting Pool


Lady Lili Relaxing

Just a pretty picture of my lady Lili relaxing up in the shade on the dam of Mystery Pond. Last year we lengthened Mystery Pond, moving the dam about eight feet north so it would catch more of the spring water that comes down the mountain. It’s still resealing from the change but the frogs don’t seem to mind. There is a thriving population of peepers there who serenade us in the evening.

Mystery Pond, in addition to being a pleasant spot, is water storage for the gardens and livestock in the north home field. Rather than having one huge pond we have many small ones which are interlinked, spilling over from one to the next in many cases. In the flush of spring and fall rains as well as the winter snow’s melting the ponds fill up to over flowing several times a year. Then during the dry times of late July and August they gradually lower. We are fortunate to have many springs. They don’t produce huge amounts of water but with judicious storage in ponds we get by through the dry times.

Meanwhile, down in the central valley of our land there is a tremendous flow of water through the stream that fills the beaver ponds in the marshes. Like us, the beavers have built many ponds to manage their resources. This annoys the power company to some degree. So far the beavers haven’t chopped down any of the high tension power poles. I doubt the huge wooden poles taste very good.

Outdoors: 80°F/60°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 75°F/67°F

Daily Spark: He who rocks the boat, stones the ship.

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About Walter Jeffries

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6 Responses to Reflecting Pool

  1. What a nice shot! What kind of dog is Lili? We have some springs on our land too, which makes it pretty swampy most of the year. But looking to turn those areas that natural want to be a pond, into ponds. Do you guys raise any water fowl like ducks or geese?

    • Springs drive our ponds. Works great if you pick the spot right. Test the soil for clay content. There are some excellent books on pond making that were written by a Vermont guy. I’ve done it with our tractor (bucket loader & backhoe) and with a big track-hoe. The later is faster for big ones. Here’s more posts about ponds and how we made ours.

      We do have ducks and geese. The geese occasionally go in the water but mostly not. The ducks love the water, help keep the ponds aerated, eat weeds and clean out mosquitos. I think they may also eat frogs or at least tad poles. See the posts about ducks and geese.

      Lili is a mix, a pinch of German Shepherd, a pinch of Black Labrador and a lot of other. We’ve had her and her ancestors on our farm for a bit over twenty years. They guard and herd our livestock as well as riding shotgun and being great companions. There are people who say that working dogs can’t be companions too – Lili and I disagree.

  2. Lili looks lovely. Nice to see your hard work pay off Walter

  3. Teresa says:

    Beautiful picture. We’ve been trying to figure out how to best control the waterflow on my property. Tiling to drain cropland, and I think we might put a pond in where there is natural pooling and water coming from the bordering property. We still have a large drainage ditch going through the pasture as well.

  4. Patricia says:

    Do you own the water rights on your land, or do you just dig a hole? We have a manmade swamp on the back of our acre that is caused by the mill down the road from us dumping their water out. It’s not very nice water… ick. Anyways, the city owns all the water rights here, and that swamp … hahahaha… is classed as a “wetland”, so the environmentalists won’t let us move it, tap it, dig a hole for a small pond, etc. We also have issues with oak trees, which are ALLL over the place in the Northwest, yet they are considered “endangered”, so you can’t build anything or even mow a certain distance around them. We also can’t dig a well, because apparently the groundwater here is polluted. Funny… it’s the same groundwater table that the city draws from. Hmmm…

    • Yes, we own the land, the mineral rights, the water rights and even the air space up to some height (there was a court case on this at one point long ago but I forget it at the moment). Around here the government and such have not stolen away the rights piecemeal. I hear that out west water, even rain water, is not owned by the land owners. I imagine that is difficult.

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