Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Afternoon Pond

The sun was shining and the air was warm, as I arrived home to the old farmhouse last Friday evening. It was a perfect start to a delightful weekend, weather wise. I decided to venture out to the back vegetable garden and check on the garlic and I snapped this photo along the way.  The garlic looked well enough, despite obvious significant heaving during the many freeze/thaw cycles we experienced this winter. Even the half the Artist forgot to cover with mulch!
I placed the large rocks in the foreground our first summer here. City blood was still pulsing through my veins and I was determined to have a beautiful river rock bed lining the crick that feeds our pond, all 80 feet, or more. I realize now, it would probably take me 80 years to find enough rocks to finish the job. And while they looked pretty at first, over time they've sunk into the mud and grass has grown over most of them. Just a few remain to use as stepping stones across the crick rather than using the bridge which is the long way, when you're headed to the garden.
I plan on moving them this spring, and re-purposing them somewhere else on the property, as we've decided to let the grass and reeds grow along the cricks both feeding and draining the pond to help filter the water. We occasionally experience some run off from the field behind us and we're hoping this will keep more of the fertilizer, or whatever else is out there, in check. And since it's late, I'll end this post there, before I start on a rant about poor land management; so poor, even a former city girl, such as myself, can see is headed for a crisis, 'cause we just can't exist without soil. Have you seen Dirt! the movie? Leslie from Farm Fresh Fun sent me a little tip about this one and if you liked Food Inc, or you care about this planet we call home, I think you'll enjoy it.

Do I detect the faint scent of a trend here? A texture and a movie suggestion? Time will tell!


I'm joining in on Texture Tuesday at the Kim Klassen Cafe.

I used her Warm Sun texture again this week, with one layer, set to overlay at 98% and a second layer, set to multiply at 64%.

I'm choosing this as my fave photo of the week and linking to

at A Rural Journal.

~Be well friends!~


TexWisGirl said...

nice photo. those rocks must weigh a TON!

it's cute how you use the word 'crick' (because that's exactly how we pronounced it while I lived in Wisconsin) instead of the word 'creek' like I say now... :)

Dawn said...

I love the beauty of this photo. I feel like I am there.

Nancy said...

I know exactly what you mean about proper land management. There was an article in our local paper yesterday about farmers wanting to turn pasture and crp ground into farmland now because of the corn and bean prices. Do I see another dustbowl on the horizen because of greed. I hope not.

Beautiful photos. :)

Karen said...

We're learning too! I do love your idea though..

I must learn to apply textures.. why am I so intimidated!!!?

Love this one -

Karen said...

We're learning too! I do love your idea though..

I must learn to apply textures.. why am I so intimidated!!!?

Love this one -

Buttons Thoughts said...

Andrea I love your pic. I have a rock thing I started when we first moved here too. You sure do think big when you first move to the farm. B

helena said...

stunning image - reminds me of some fo the illustrations in books we had as kids. Love the colour and the low angle

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Thanks for the movie tip :)

When we first moved here, J hauler river rock from the large mouth of the creek about 1/2 mile from us. It took him days and he gained a very sore body! We used it to frame out the garden around the front of the house.
I don't think he would do it again!
xo, misha

Gale Wall said...

A lovely view.

Nancy said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Your Sunday Best, Andrea. It means so much to see my friends' lovely photos on the page. :) Hugs!

LBB said...

Such a beautiful photo!

I have seen the movie "Dirt" & Food inc. Loved them both :)