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Reflections are one of my favorite subjects. On this particular day, it was partly cloudy when I left the house. It had rained the night before and I was hoping for a shot a some good reflections. Went to all my favorite spots but nothing panned out so I gave up and headed back to the house. Glanced at the boat yard as I passed by and saw this.....nature at it's finest.









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I love this thread. You people take fantastic pictures. I love them all (except the spider or course). Just beautiful stuff. And Nehall, that reflection picture is just exceptional! Good stuff everyone. Thumbs up


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Here's another from our California vacation a few years back. We took a whale watching charter out of Dana Point. We didn't get close enough to the whales to get good pictures, but we did find plenty of dolphins. Here's a Cow and Calf. It was a rough and windy trip, but a great time (except for my son who got sea sick).

John




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Mid air




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Here are some deer pictures. We have a lot of them around here, so I could posts a hundred deer pictures. I'll try to limit it to a few.

This one was a very cold winter. Deep snow that didn't want to go away. We had several deer sleeping under some trees in the yard.




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Every spring bring new fawns.




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More fawns.




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Family photo?




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This guy lost his horn in a fight. I found it in the field and have it with other collected nature stuff. He was also limping. It looks like he got hit by a car. He did come back the next year, so he made it through the injuries.

John




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I like this post. This is a pic of a pond in the woods near my house in NYC. Keep the pics coming.




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Here's a few pictures of my small pond in the back yard. Build it myself and have the bad back to prove it. Tounge smiley

I stocked it with about 6 goldfish (various types) and they've done the rest. We're probably up to 30 fish now. The frogs come and go, but several of them will stay for the winter. The bull frogs seem to leave and then come back. there's plenty of tad poles in the spring as well as gold fish babies. The dragon flies are fun as well. They start out life underwater.

John





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Some of the gold fish. They survive the winter just fine and spawn in the spring. I put out 2 floating heaters in the winter to keep a hole in the ice. One in the pond and one in the skimmer where the frogs hang out.

The white and red one at the bottom is called lucky. I gave some plants to a cousin and they put they put them in thier small pond. Well, lucky must have come a long for the ride. The next spring while cleaning out their pond, they found luck swimming around. They got rid of the pond and sent lucky back to us.

John




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Dragon fly




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Lilies




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Water Lilies




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Water Lilies




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Water Lilies




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Your pond is gorgeous, nice work!


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Your pond is gorgeous, nice work!

Thanks Nicki! My wife thought I was crazy when I told her I wanted to build one back in 2004. The land we live on is basically slate after you get dig down a foot. When the house was built I came up after they dug the basement and collect a bunch of the slate. I used the rock when building the waterfall and surround.

Here it is at night. I've since removed the light that was under the water pointing up at the waterfall. It was pretty, but it didn't fit in.




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I usually put water hyacinth at the top of the waterfall. they help filter and make a good cover. Here's the bloom.




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Frog eggs. We get a lot, but the fish usually get to most of them. there's always tadpoles and baby frogs though, so some do make it. I'm always finding something new in the pond. Leaches were the last thing I found. I wear waders when I'm in the pond. Wink smiley

John




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While walking in the woods the other day in Connecticut I came across this cat.






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Now THAT'S a cat, Zman!


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Dubs, i'm curious how much maintenance you put into your pond? A landscaper friend put a huge one, with waterfalls, in for a wealthy client, to the tune of around $3500. She called him a couple of months later and told him to come take it out !!!NOW!!! He asked if there was a problem with the installation and she said no, it just far too much hassle. He told her there was no warranty on whether she'd like it and she said she didn't care, she'd pay him to take it out. That cost her another two grand and he used the components on his own property. Ca-ching!

Our next door neighbor also constantly beyotches about much care her small pond takes.

Just wondering how much time you devote to your wunnerful piece o' art.


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All of these are SO GREAT - can't pick a fav. Keep 'em coming!