WPC Transformation: A Fishy Tale

Our outdoor area has been undergoing a transformation lately, since we had the new screen room installed.  Some of you may remember my photos of iguanas sunning themselves on a pile of rocks around a defunct pond.

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It was also a favourite perch for Samantha squirrel to eat her breakfast.

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The occasional visit from the otter family also made for good entertainment value.

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This was all well and good for the wildlife, but not a very pretty sight from my kitchen window, so hubby tackled the job of improving the aesthetics. First thing was to rebuild the waterfall and install a new pump.

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After much thought and hard work, it took shape and the transformation began to look rather pretty.

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The next thing to do was buy a few little fishies for the pond. We adopted six goldfish and two koi and have also grown some lotus from seeds, which seem to be doing quite well. The two koi are named Blue Flash and Silver Streak. The orangest goldfish is Donnie of course, and the others I can’t tell apart except for little Freddie who is the smallest and least sociable. Whilst the koi show off as they race up and down the pond doing laps, the goldfish mostly paddle around together in a jolly group. Poor little Freddie however, just keeps to himself and hides between the plant pots. I sit on the bench and call him to come and play but to no avail. I hope he’ll be okay but only time will tell.

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The keeper of the pond is Ali, who we found hiding out at our local nursery. Because he’s so scary, his presence is very effective at making sure that all the inhabitants behave themselves.

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We also have two toads on lookout duty from the edge of the waterfall. Warty and Rocky may not look very menacing but I can assure you that they stand for no nonsense.

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Little Sammy would love to pop in and join the fun, but has to make do with peering in from  the outside of the screen.

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This is a bit late for the WPC ‘Transformation’, but better late than never.

Hope you’re all having a splendid week. I’ll keep you updated on Freddie if he ever shows his little face again. I’m not hopeful.

 

 

 

 

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WPC: Mirrored Water Reflections

The Weekly Photo Challenge ‘Mirror’, encourages us to show some of our best reflection photos.

This is one of my favourites taken at our local nature reserve, where it looked like the sky had fallen down into the water.

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In Costa Rica, a single lotus blossom floating on really still water, was an absolute must to photograph.

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This lovely canal scene in Amsterdam, also has to be included.

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I never tire of the view from my backyard, and often try to imagine all the creatures busily going about their daily chores in those trees and also under the water. Probably that’s where all my ‘Backyardigans’ sleep at night and I’m pretty sure that there must be an alligator or two lurking there.

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I hope you enjoyed my mirrored reflections, and wish all my American blog friends a great Labor Day. Hope this week will be a good one for all of you.

I participate in WordPress' Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

I participate in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge 2016