Texas Pond

Texas Pond, changing season by season...
photographer Martha Rasmussen

April showers bring May flowers to Texas Pond and as the waters warm the fish come to the surface making ripples in the water, busy beavers assess last winter's damages and set out for a summer full of repairs, adding on to their damns and some home improvements.  A chorus of frogs will be heard as evening approaches heralding that summer is  not now far away.

May & June
photographer Martha Rasmussen

What just appeared as random moss covered logs & stumps are soon to be transformed into flowering islands throughout the pond as the Bog Laurel begins to bloom and with this a pageant of butterflies will arrive.

June - July
Photographer Ned Blake

As June and July approach Texas Pond is fully alive as its wildlife neighborhood will again find nurture from the waters, grassy banks, surrounding trees and stumps and logs left from the bolt camp so long ago.

History becomes habitat
Photographer Ned Blake

Skilled swallows fill the air as they feast on the many flying insects then dart into the holes of the many stumps and snags around the pond where their hatchlings eagerly await to be fed.  No sooner do they go in their holes as they return back out again in search of more food for their rapidly growing young.  The Basket Wren too has been busy in the frenzy of summer when everything is abundant with their nest in the cattails.

September - October
Photographer Ned Blake

By the end of September and October the fledgling birds have flown, the flower islands have bloomed and the fruiting plants have been harvested by Texas Pond's busy wildlife neighborhood.  The pond seems quieter as you watch the lazy ripples from an occasional fish.  The colder nights bring on subtle changes as fall colors creep along the shoreline and Texas Pond prepares for winter.

Photographer, Martha Rasmussen

By November cold nights will leave lingering ice crystals along the shoreline, sometimes melting in the sunshine and sometimes remaining all day in the shadows.  Snow isn't to far away now and Texas Pond will seem to be sleeping though the winter.  The road to the pond will no longer be drivable as snow accumulates and many of us will wait for the next spring.

The winter wonderland of Texas Pond, photographer Martha Rasmussen

Sometimes the best time to see things all fresh and new is seeing things in the middle of winter.  Snowshoeing along our forest roads may not take you as far or as fast but you will see the magical transformation of winter first hand and it is beautiful!  For Texas Pond, the low sun on the horizon captures each ice crystal like a jewel, the trees, adorned with snow fringed branches set a backdrop as ice and snow are like brush strokes across the water.  Texas Pond is a story in history, this history is still very evident today and a story how nature can adapt to changes and thrive. It is a place that changes week by week as the season shape this very special place.  Learn more about Texas Pond...