There were new eggs. I held them up for this photo.
Black top with white bottom is called countershading, a form of aquatic camouflage.
When I put them back. They rolled over to white side up, which is upside down. Now the fish can see them from below and other predators can spot them from above. I hope this did not lead to their disappearance.
The Parrot Feather actually closes in the evenings.
Some tadpoles survived from the last batch of eggs.
The first waterlily bloom opened this morning.
I love the pond. I miss the boy. I am proud of the man.
Add a splash of fun with some water gardening. You don’t need a pond. Any watertight container can be filled with water plants and several fish. I use shubunkins in the patio pond. They are hardy, colorful and eat larvae.
All ponds need shade. Don’t have a fish fry on your patio. Add plants to shade the water. These can be floaters like duckweed, water hyacinth, parrot’s feather and water lettuce. Also potted plants with height add dimension and shade. Little Tut and smaller water lilies are good for smaller ponds.
Once you are hooked, you will be grabbing a shovel and digging up your yard.
My son put his pond under his bedroom window. He can check on it from his desk. The downside of having a pond under your bedroom window is when the frogs are “a wooing”, there is a cacophony of mating calls. I find the call of the Peeper especially irritating. It’s like adding nails on a chalkboard to a symphony.