Last Updated: 10/14/13
These are general photos of my 1800 gallon pond.
Big Pond Photos of the Pond and Plants:
For more general information on these photos, see my pond pictures page index.
For photos of this pond that are predominantly fish (but also show the pond), see my fish pond photos page.
For winter photos of the 1800 gallon pond, see the winter photo page.
I am aware this page is way too big. I wish I had the time to fix it but nobody will allow me that time.
Photos are listed from newest to oldest.
Big Pond Photos of the Pond and Plants
On 9/29/13, I took these photos of the pond. I took the half net off the pond and took these
photos before I put on the full net for the fall.
1800 gallon pond facing southwest
1800 gallon pond facing southwest
Emmy from inside, watching me take photos; the pond is reflected in the glass
1800 gallon pond facing northwest
1800 gallon pond - deep area and waterfall
Here are photos of my brother sitting by my pond on 9/1/13. I call him the "Thinking Man" because
he seems to be postulating something intense.
Pond with brother - from a distance. The pond area was completely taken over by weeds! You can see my biggest fish, koi Colin.
Thinking Man - he does not see me inside taking photos.
Thinking Man - ut oh, he sees me, and he's not happy!
Thinking Man - now he hides. Or, maybe he's doing his impression of "Monkey, see no evil."
Here are some photos of the big pond on 7/28/13:
1800 Gallon Pond and Fish including all four koi from a distance
1800 Gallon Pond and Fish including all three of the koi from a distance
More photos of the pond iris in the big pond in bloom on 6/5/13. They were so gorgeous!
Purple, White, and Colorific Iris from a distance
Purple, White, and Colorific Iris
Purple and White Iris
Purple, White, and Colorific Iris - so many blooms!
Purple, White, and Colorific Iris - so awesome! Can you tell I like iris?
Photos of the pond iris in bloom on 6/4/13:
White and Colorific Iris
Colorific Iris - close-up
White Iris - close-up
Purple Iris - close-up
White and Colorific Iris
Yellow flag iris blooming in the 1800 gallon pond on 5/24/13.
Big pond area - view from below the pond, facing southeast.
Big pond area - view facing southwest
Water celery at the bottom of the waterfall on 5/6/13.
Pond facing north on 4/26/13
Pond facing southwest.
Pond facing northwest. You can see the fish.
Canna in bloom, close-up of the flowers. This is an orange variegated tropical aquatic canna.
Canna in bloom, from a distance.
These photos are from 9/10/12:
Canna in bloom again. You can also see a lot of water lettuce.
Snowball plant flowers
These are pond photos from 8/26/12:
Water lettuce completely covering my 1800 gallon pond. There is also one Chromella waterlily flower at the bottom left. The upper right are is where the waterfalls are which were covered in water celery and watercress.
Snowball plant flowers
Snowball plant flowers - with a butterfly!
Big pond facing northwest, including flowering pickerel rush. You can see how completely the waterfall and pond are covered in plants by late August.
Here are some photos from 7/22/12 of flowering tropical water poppy.
Tree down over the 1800 gallon on 6/30/12. A derecho (massive storm with winds over 60 mph) came through the night before and took down hundreds of trees and branches. A series of large tulip poplar branches fell on the west side of the pond but missed going in the pond. It does not look like much in that photo but it took a few weeks just to clear that pile. As of 9/27/12 (today), we are still clearing trees that were toppled in the derecho, and we will never finish. My father has been counting loads of tree debris to the dump, and I think he is up to 30.
Pond facing southwest on 6/28/12.
Flowering pickerel rush and lizard tail in the marginal area of the big pond.
Lizard tail flower
On 6/3/12, my water hyacinth actually bloomed for the first time in years! They were in a hoop,
and I had not had them for long.
Two water hyacinth flowers
Water hyacinth flower
Pond facing northwest. The lotus tub pond can also be seen.
Albata waterlily in bloom.
Flowering iris in the 1800 gallon pond, flowering purple iris and yellow flag iris in the marginal area.
Purple iris - close-up of the flower
Watercress in the waterfall, facing east
Flowering iris in the 1800 gallon pond, flowering purple iris and yellow flag iris in the marginal area, facing south.
Water forget-me-not in flower
Water forget-me-not - flower close-up
Blue standard iris, facing southeast.
Yellow flag iris flowering in the big pond, facing northwest.
Yellow flag iris - close-up of a flower
Crushed pump pre-filter - inside view of the inlet filter for the PondMaster Mag Drive Pump Model 12; it collapsed due to heavy debris during spawning. I bought a new one.
Crushed pump pre-filter - outside view
Water hawthorn flowering
Water hawthorn - close- up of the flower from the previous photo.
Golden club flower
Stones at the entry are to my big pond
Pond Garden - part of the pond can be seen, creeping phlox and daffodils in bloom
Gazing ball - my new gazing ball
1800 gallon pond - net on, facing southwest.
1800 gallon pond - net off, facing southwest. The foaming is from MelaFix.
1800 gallon pond - net off, closer in, facing southwest.
These photos are from 11/2/11 when I cut down the majority of the marginals in the 1800 gallon
Before photo facing southwest
Before photo facing northwest, net pulled back
Before photo facing northwest, further back
After photo facing northwest
After photo facing northwest, further back
We had snow on 10/30/11 which is the earliest since I have been alive. [Note: As of 1/19/12, it
the only snow this season!]
1800 gallon pond - facing west; note all the leaves on the net.
1800 gallon pond - facing southwest
These photos are from my pond on 10/16/11. The nets were on.
1800 gallon pond - facing southwest
1800 gallon pond - facing west; I can see orfe, koi, and goldfish
My brother took these photos of my pond on 9/4/11 from the roof!
Bluebell flower on 8/14/11.
Waterlilies - one Chromatella (yellow) flower and one James Brydon (red) flower in bloom.
James Brydon flower
James Brydon flower
1800 gallon pond facing south
Water celery flower
1800 gallon pond deep end. You can see the water celery flowering, my big koi Maggie (biggest orange fish), orfe, goldfish, and some plants.
1800 gallon pond facing north
Frog fruit flowers
Frog fruit flowers
Chromatella waterlily flowers
Chromatella waterlily flower - close-up
These photos are from 6/12/11:
Milkweed in flower. This also turned out to be a good overall 1800 gallon pond photo in the background.
Pond facing south. This shows the marginal area and some fish. I do not know why the photo is washed out.
Flowering lizard tail and pickerel rush
Flowering forget-me-nots in the 1800 gallon overflow on 5/26/11.
Sick pond - the 1800 gallon pond on 5/21/11 when it was being treated with MelaFix (hence the foaming), facing southwest, water celery at the top right of the photo.
These two photos taken on 5/21/11 are of the new walkway that my brother and I put in
alongside the east side of the pond.
Walkway facing south
Walkway facing north
These photos from 5/5/11 show the redone main pond overflow that my brother helped me
Overflow - facing south from above
Overflow - facing north but overhead
Overflow - facing east, low photo (squatting down)
Overflow - facing east from below with my cat GK on the rock
Overflow - facing northeast, just a piece of it with my cat GK on the rock
Overflow - facing northeast from below
These are from when I set up the additional pump on the main waterfall on 5/1/11:
New pump with basket and filter material (floss), diaper pins hold on the end piece.
Electrical outlet with a plastic bag on it since it will not close. Nobody will fix it for me.
New pump situated in to the pond.
Waterfall facing northwest with the added flow.
Waterfall facing northeast with the added flow. Previous to the new pump, the water drizzled.
New waterfall rock looking down the falls.
New waterfall rock looking up the falls.
New waterfall rock from the side with a fake turtle on it.
Waterfall viewed from above with the rocks removed.
Waterfall - outflow of the biofilter viewed from the side with the rocks removed. Notice the large foot drop from the biofilter down to the liner. That is all collapsed hill. The water coming out of the biofilter used to touch the liner in 1997.
Cedar - the little wild cedar by the fake heron by my waterfall
No Cedar - the same photo after I cut down the poor cedar. It was half dead, and people were worried about the roots damaging the liner.
Waterfall on 4/10/11 showing how I put the busted plastic bird bath (really a plant drip tray) over the hole in the falls. I had removed some rocks to rearrange them and could not get them back!
These photos were taken on 4/3/11:
Drain Trap Connector - the gasket thing that finally stopped my pump from popping off the line!
Pump connected to the tube with the new connector with the intake grate off as well as the pre-filter off. There is a single goldfish in the photo too.
These photos were taken on 3/13/11 to show the bad condition of the filter and waterfall:
Biofilter - this shows the biofilter and how the cap stones are all loose, and the caulking is all worn off.
Waterfall - facing east. This is the top of the falls and shows how the rocks are all out of place, the hill has collapsed, and water is leaking.
Waterfall - entire falls, facing northeast.
Waterfall - base of the falls that go in to the swampy area. An area indicates one location where water goes outside of the lined area. The water celery was just starting to sprout.
Pink tropical pickerel rush out of the pond to be brought in on 10/21/10.
From 9/26/10 when I put the full nets on the ponds. I took photos of the big pond after the half
net was off but before I put on the full net:
1800 gallon pond facing southwest.
Purple pickerel rush flowers
1800 gallon pond netted with the full leaf net, facing southwest.
Here are some photos taken 9/3/10 of the flowering bluebells and purple pickerel rush.
Flowering bluebells and purple pickerel rush
Pink pickerel weed flower on 8/16/10. This spire on my first tropical pickerel weed was on its second day of blooming so it was not as open as on the first day.
Tropical waterlily flower (Blue Beauty) on 8/15/10.
Big pond marginal area on 8/11/10. You can see the Cyprio filter, the net over the deep end, and the marginal area which includes huge lotus, cattails, hardy canna, and yellow flag iris.
Some plants in the pond on 7/11/10.
Hardy canna flowers already going to seed; bumblebee on them.
These photos were taken on 7/4/10.
Floating impatiens island - only one barely alive! You can also see some goldfish down there. What a difference a year makes! This is the same floating island on 7/12/10.
Hornwort - I took out a wad for a photo op on land (just for a second) since I have no good hornwort photos.
Chromatella yellow hardy waterlily flower close-up.
Fabiola pink hardy waterlily flower
These photos were taken on 7/3/10.
Chromatella yellow hardy waterlily flower. You can also see the dying water hyacinth on the right.
Purple pickerel rush in flower.
These photos were taken on 7/2/10.
Big pond area garden - facing southwest. Yep, there is a pond down there but you cannot see it! Lemon balm in the foreground obscures most of the scene. The tall plant at the top is milkweed. The common cattails in the pond are visible, and that is about it.
Big pond as seen from the top of the waterfall, facing soutwest. It is lush with plants.
Purple pickerel rush in flower. The "white rush" I ordered came with a label of "white pickerel rush" but I got neither!
Water plantain in flower
Big pond facing north through the marginals.
These photos are from 5/23/10.
Anacharis and Jungle Valisneria potted up to go in the 1800 gallon pond.
Jungle Valisneria - close-up
Anacharis - close-up
These photos are from 5/19/10:
Water wisteria that I would put in the pond four days later.
White watercress in flower. Water celery is in the background.
Yellow watercress in flower. Water celery is in the background.
Big pond on 5/10/10, shallow area, facing south. The yellow flag iris were in bloom.
Lizard tail - before repotting, side view of the two two gallon pots.
Lizard tail - before repotting, top view of the two two gallon pots.
Lizard tail - after repotting, top view of the two two gallon pots.
When I pulled out my new tropical waterlily from the pond on 11/15/09, I found that it had two
little nut tubers which I put in damp sand. Perhaps they will make it! I also saved the growing
part and put that in my basement pond. Here is a photo of them.
Waterlily storage tubers and growing tip
These photos are from 9/20/09:
New stepping stone
Big pond facing west, covered in water lettuce even after removing a ton of it; water celery on the falls to the right; impatiens blooming in the floating island; half net on.
Pile of water lettuce - the mounting pile of discarded water lettuce. I also noticed on the right in that photo are remnants of a pond plant repotting from at least a year ago. The roots hold the ball of rocks and dirt together for a long time.
These photos are from 8/27/09:
Big pond facing northwest completely covered in water lettuce.
Marginal area including blooming bluebells.
Bluebell - close-up of one flower.
Bluebell - close-up of another flower.
On 7/31/09, while I was at work, my father says the strongest straight winds he has ever seen
came through with a storm. When I got home, no fewer than 12 trees had partially or totally
come down including this large tulip poplar branch that fell over my waterfall area. The branch
was much bigger than it looks in the photos.
Tulip poplar on waterfall - facing west, taken through the window
Tulip poplar - on the north side of the pond, facing southwest
Tulip poplar on waterfall - facing northwest; on the bottom left is the fake heron on the ground which was beheaded
Tulip poplar on waterfall
Beheaded fake heron - after I picked it up
Biofilter - the filter at the top of the falls was almost completely hidden by the tulip poplar branch
Tulip poplar on waterfall - facing north
I took these flower photos on 7/12/09:
Waterlily Flowers - new Blue Beauty tropical water lily in flower and new replacement Comanche hardy water lily at the upper left of the photo.
Blue Beauty tropical water lily flower, close- up.
Impatiens in floating island planter. The orange shadow is a big orfe.
These photos are from 6/2/09:
Purple Iris Flower
Purple Iris Flowers
White Iris Flower
White Iris Flowers
Watercress in Flower
Watercress and Water Celery
Entire Pond facing north
Pond facing north, waterfall area full of water celery
These photos are from 4/25/09. The area around the pond was just mulched:
Pond facing west.
Pond facing north, red bud in bloom.
These four photos from 4/13/09 show a Cooper's hawk by my pond:
Cooper's hawk on the waterfall rocks through the window.
Cooper's hawk - close up of the hawk from the last photo.
Cooper's hawk on the waterfall rocks through the window.
Cooper's hawk - close up of the hawk from the last photo.
A few days later, my mother found a dead hawk. It was either the same bird or its mate. You can see photos on my birds of prey page.
These photos are from 4/1/09.
Pond facing southwest, net on.
Water celery in the waterfall area, top view.
Water celery in the waterfall area, frog's eye view.
Waterfalls facing northeast.
Pond facing southwest, net on, 3/21/09.
I took all these photos on 10/5/08, the day I put the leaf net on. The first three photos are taken
with the net totally off while the next three are with the net on from the same photo
Pond facing southwest, net off.
Pond facing west, net off. The koi, orfe, and goldfish are visible.
Pond facing north, net off.
Pond facing southwest, net on.
Pond facing west, net on. Colin (white koi) can be seen.
Pond facing north, net on.
These photos are from 9/3/08:
Yellow tropical canna in flower - with two sets of flowers!
Pond north end, facing northwest; my koi, Maggie and Colin, can be seen under the net. The impatiens are blooming in the floating island.
I took these photos on 8/3/08:
Tropical waterlily flower
Yellow tropical canna in flower - facing southwest
Yellow tropical canna in flower - close-up of flower
Yellow tropical canna in flower - marginal area, facing southwest, further back
On 7/27/08, I took photos of the pond from the roof. I also took some yard photos which I would
not normally include here but, since they were also taken from the roof, I did. I have full size
versions of four of the photos (they will take a while to load). Otherwise, the photos are smaller
than the screen.
Back yard - note the small pond area (153 gallon brick pond, 50 gallon tub pond, and 20 gallon tub pond are there but hidden in weeds), bird feeders, and bat house
Pond - centered view, Full size version
Pond - offset to the left, Full size version
Pond - offset to the right, Full size version
Pond - centered view, Full size version
Pond - zoomed in with the camera, my koi Maggie is at the bottom and my koi Colin at the top
These two photos from 7/4/08 show my new tropical water lily in bloom:
Pond - facing southwest; you can see the flowering lily and also a good view of my white butterfly koi, Colin.
Close-up of lily flower
These photos are from 6/29/08:
Firecrest waterlily flower - a little pink flower!
Flowering lizard tail - also some purple pickerel rush.
Flowering purple pickerel rush
Flowering white pickerel rush
Marginal area and pond view, facing north; the above three plants in bloom
These photos are from 6/21/08:
Yellowing-flowering watercress - This new bunch of watercress turned out yellow!
White-flowering watercress - Regular watercress in flower.
Water celery - severely damaged by the deer.
Marginals in bloom - blue pickerel rush, white pickerel rush, and lizard tail all in bloom in the marginal area.
Marginals in bloom - blue pickerel rush, white pickerel rush, and lizard tail all in bloom in the marginal area, facing north.
Flowering blue water forget-me-nots - the leaves are mostly frog fruit.
Flowering Albata waterlilies - two white waterlily blooms.
More photos of the water iris from 6/5/08:
Purple and Red Iris
Close-up of Purple Iris
Purple and Red Iris
Here are some photos of the water iris taken 6/1/08:
Red (Iris fulva, right) and Yellow (left) Flag Iris - the purple iris bud can also be seen
Close- up of the Red Iris
These photos are all from 5/19/08:
Pond - facing southwest, iris in bloom; my white koi, Colin, and one of the big orfe can be seen on the right.
Hill next to waterfall and biofilter showing iris
Pond - facing southwest, iris in bloom
Water hawthorne (left) and golden club (right) flowers
Yellow flag iris flower
Pond facing north, waterfall area
On 4/29/08, a helper and I repotted 26 marginals in the pond. The iris were not repotted. Here
are some before and after photos:
Marginals - facing southwest, before
Marginals - facing northwest, before; you can see some of the fish including my orange koi, Maggie
Marginals - facing southwest, after
Marginals - facing northwest, after
These three pictures are from 4/27/08:
Golden Club in flower
Golden Club flower - close-up
Marginal area - facing southwest
Here are some photos from 4/13/08 before and after I cleaned the pond up some as the goldfish
had been spawning.
Pond facing southwest with the net off. See the loose iris and general frenzy of the fish.
Pond facing north with the net off. See the loose iris again. The waterfall is almost just a drizzle.
Pond facing southwest after cleaning and installation of the Cyprio filter. The partial net is on.
Pond facing north after cleaning. The partial net is on, and the falls are flowing more.
There are two videos from that day on my fish videos page.
On 11/11/07, I cut down the marginals in the 1800 gallon pond for the coming winter and took
some before and after photos. I also removed leaves off the net which I do weekly in the
Pond - netted, facing southwest, before
Pond - net off the marginals, facing northwest, before
Pond - net off the marginals, facing northwest, after
Pond - netted, facing southwest, after
On 9/8/07, I took these two photos.
Flowering white pickerel weed - fully open
Water lettuce covering the pond - there is water celery at the top of the photo and the floating impatiens at the bottom.
After getting these two plants at Lilypons on 9/2/07, I took these two photos on 9/4/07:
Flowering white pickerel weed - just starting to open
Flowering yellow primrose creeper
Pond on 8/18/07, facing southwest. The hardy canna is blooming (upper left tall things). You cannot miss seeing the water lettuce as it covers almost the entire pond.
The first photo is of the entire 1800 gallon pond on 7/28/07. The next two photos are of an open
yellow "Comanche" hardy water lily and an open "blue beauty" tropical water lily as well as a
bud on 7/28/07.
Pond - facing southwest, note the water lily flowers and the flowering impatiens in the floating island. The water lettuce had grown to cover most of the pond by then.
On 6/29/07, I took this close-up photo of some water lettuce plants.
Water Lettuce. There are also some water hyacinth plants on the right and snowflake plants on the left.
I took these photos of the 1800 gallon pond and pond plants on 6/28/07.
Yellow Snowflake Flower
The Impatiens Floating Island . The fish can also barely be seen due to reflections, under the net.
Albata White Lily Flower
Fruit Fruit Flower and Leaves
Water Celery in the waterfalls, facing northeast. The deer have chewed most of the water celery down.
Pond - facing south, looking towards the marginal area. The just-about-to-flower hardy canna (also called alligator weed) are the highest plants. A few Albata white flowers are in bloom.
Here are some 1800 gallon pond plant photos from 6/24/07 that I took while I was in the
Flowering Lizard Tail
Flowering Purple Pickerel Weed
Close-up of flowering Fabiola pink waterlily - this is the same photo as below, the next day.
Fabiola waterlily flower on 6/23/07 through
the net, taken from the east side of the pond.
Fabiola waterlily flower on 6/23/07 through the net, taken from the west side of the pond.
Marginal area on 6/23/07. This photo was to show how the regular cattails and hardy water canna keep toppling over. At the bottom of the photo can be seen what remains of the yellow flag iris that grew in the overflow area after I chopped them down after flowering to try to reduce the chance that they might puncture the liner as they are growing wild in there.
These three photos are not of the 1800 gallon pond. They are of iris that I transplanted from my
1800 gallon pond pots over to a low lying area in the front of the property. When I repotted the
iris, I had a lot to get rid of and used to dig them into the ground out there. When it rains, that
area floods but otherwise, it is dry. This last month, there has been a drought and yet the iris
flowered well. The yellow flag iris in the back of the third photo have just finished flowering. I
was surprised to discover a red fulva iris flower here on 6/2/07. The original plant in the pond
died a few years ago so this was a nice surprise. I actually bought a new one this year but now it
looks like I could dig some of this one up if I wanted to (probably will not).
Red fulva iris flower - close-up
Red fulva iris flower - close-up
Iris bed from further away
These three photos are from 5/26/07:
Pond facing southwest. You can see the Cyprio filter, yellow flag iris in bloom, blue water forget-me-nots in bloom, and the fish.
Pond facing northwest over the marginal area with the blooming yellow flag iris.
Orange standard iris with the pond and fish behind them. Those iris are one of my favorites. You can also see the pond's electrical outlet.
I also took two pond videos on this day which you can see on my fish and pond videos page.
I took these photos on 4/29/07 of the pond and the garden around it since I had just mulched a lot
Pond facing southwest. You cannot really see much of the pond. The red bud tree is in bloom.
Pond facing west.
Pond facing northeast
Pond facing northeast (further back)
Pond facing northeast (closer in). You can see the koi, goldfish, and water celery in the waterfall.
Pond netted and facing southwest, 12/1/06. When I went to get the digital photos on the camera, I found this photo that my father took.
Nora tropical waterlily flower on 9/27/06.
Bluebell flower on 8/31/06.
Pond facing northwest on 8/31/06. You can see that there are no floating plants this year since they died for some unknown reason. Also, you can see my orfe, koi Colin, goldfish, impatiens, and a blue waterlily flower.
Pond - same sort of photo as the last one.
There are 16 pond and iris photos on my page that has details of my repotting three iris on 9/4/06.
Hardy canna flower on 8/6/06. This is a close-
up of one of the hardy canna flower heads. You can just make out the "Beware of attack
goldfish" sign behind it that my mother had to buy.
Four tropical waterlily flowers on 8/6/06. In this early morning photo, you can see four of my pink/white tropical nightblooming lily flowers are open. At the bottom is a Chromatella yellow hardy waterlily flower that has not yet opened for the day.
Waterlilies - A Comanche hardy waterlily
flower at the top and a Nora tropical waterlily flower, taken 7/22/06.
Nora tropical waterlily flower - close-up, taken 7/22/06.
Waterfall spillway on 7/13/06. This area was
full of water celery where the waterfall comes out. You can see the deer ate most of the water
The flowering impatiens under the net and in the floating island on 7/13/06.
Two frogfruit flowers on 7/13/06. Below that is some duckweed and water forget-me-nots (not in flower).
Plants in the marginal area on 7/13/06 including dwarf papyrus (middle), variegated sweetflag (top left), and pickerel rush with one flower (left).
Water plantain flowers on 7/13/06. Behind that is hardy canna, iris, and lots of other plants.
Big pond facing west on 7/9/06. You can see my
koi Maggie coming out from behind the water hyacinth, blooming impatiens in the floating
island, and one Comanche lily flower.
Big pond facing west on 7/9/06. This is just a closer view of the last photo.
White iris flowering on 5/27/06. This was
supposed to be a black gamecock iris!
Colorific iris flowering on 5/27/06.
Shallows at the south end of the pond on 5/27/06. This is where the American yellow lotus is in the big pot and where the raccoons keep making a mess, and the goldfish keep spawning and making a mess. The bottom right plant is pickeral rush, the lotus is in the middle, water plantain is on the left, the far right is variegated sweetflag, to the left of that is cotton grass, and to the left of that is dwarf cattail.
Yellow flag iris and forget-me-nots
flowering on 5/25/06, close-up.
Yellow flag iris and forget-me-nots flowering on 5/25/06.
Pond facing south with flowering yellow flag iris and forget-me-nots on 5/25/06. You can also see my koi, Maggie at the bottom left along with some goldfish.
Pond facing north on 4/30/06.
On 4/19/06, I took five photos of the garden around the 1800 gallon pond. The pond can be seen in the photos as well. They are on my terrestrial gardens page.
Pond on 3/26/06 facing southwest. You can see all three remaining orfe.
Hair algae in the little stream on 3/9/06.
Hair algae in the stream outflow (mini pond) on 3/9/06.
Pond facing north on 11/24/05.
Pond facing northwest on 11/24/05.
Pond full of water lettuce on 8/7/05, facing
west. The net is pulled back. Note that the digital camera date stamp is day/month/year while
I use month/day/year notations in my life.
Pond full of water lettuce on 8/7/05, facing northwest. Wow!
Lizard tail in bloom as well as pickerel weed in
bloom on 6/26/05.
Lizard tail in bloom, larger view of the pond, facing north, 6/26/05.
Fabiola lily flower in bloom on 6/26/05.
Submerged plant pots and protectors on 6/26/05 in the deep end. The tops collapse in instead of float and fish get stuck in them.
Lily pads and flowers on 6/26/05, facing west. There are four waterlily flowers. From the top, they are 1 Albata, 1 Fabiola, and 2 Comanche.
Lily pads and flowers on 6/26/05, facing west, net pulled back, farther away view than the last photo (but taken before that one as these are in reverse chronological order).
On 6/19/05, I awoke to find my 1800 gallon pond was pumped down to only a few hundred
gallons thanks to the neighbor's Neopolitan mastiff who moved some of the waterfall rocks to
divert water out of the pond the day before without my noticing. I took these photos of the pond
after I had put in about 30 minutes worth of well water but the pond is still very low.
Dry marginal area
Dry marginal area
Dry pond facing west, lilies flopped over, liner exposed
Dry deep area, facing northwest
Dry mid-marginal area, facing east
Pond from down the hill, facing east towards the house, 6/14/05. You cannot see the water but this is just to show a view I have not taken a photo of before.
Pond overflow facing northeast, 6/14/05. Invasive grass has grown up among the rocks. I wish I had time to do all that weeding!
Pond facing northeast, 6/14/05. You can see the fish under the net, water celery on the left, and waterlily leaves on the right.
Forget-me-nots in bloom on 5/27/05 in the
Yellow flag iris in bloom as well as some forget- me-nots in the overflow on 5/27/05.
Marginal area of the pond, facing west, showing Cyprio filter, yellow flag iris in bloom, etc., 5/27/05.
Entire pond facing southwest; water cannot be seen but this shows plants in and around the pond, 5/27/05.
Pond facing north on 4/5/05, larger photo than I usually have on my site. The net is to keep the herons out.
These five photos are sequential over one Sunday's work:
Leaves all over the net with the east side pulled
back, facing west, filter basket with floss is out on the right with two buckets, leaves all over the
Filter floss inside the plant basket used to hold the main pump, only the inner ring of floss is in there (the rest I pulled out); this is before squirting it off, 11/7/04.
Pile of water hyacinth and leaves next to my pond on 11/7/04, facing northwest.
Marginal area of the big pond after I cut down the marginals, 11/7/04, facing west.
Leaves off the net after a lot of work on 11/7/04, the pond cleared of most plants.
Leaves on the net of the 1800 gallon pond on 10/31/04, facing south.
Flowering tropical tiger canna on 10/3/04.
Pond facing west on 10/3/04, nets off as I changed from heron to leaf net.
Pond facing south on 10/3/04, marginal area.
Pond facing north on 10/3/04, water hyacinth covering the deep end, water celery covering the falls.
On 9/10/04, I repotted my yellow flag iris. Here are five photos of the process. I am sorry that
they are so dark. They are scanned regular photos since the digital camera/camcorder had a dead
battery that day.
Pond facing southwest before repotting.
Pond facing southwest with a pile of iris. That is all from ONE plant! One can see the Cyprio filter and the electrical outlet.
Pond facing southwest with the pile of iris.
Iris monster - this is the 2 gallon pot that the iris was planted in with the surrounding overgrown root mass ball after I cut all the tops and side growths off of the plant. It is upside down in the wheel barrow.
Pond facing southwest after the repotting was done.
Frogfruit in flower in the overflow on 8/9/04. One cute flower is
open and another is budding. You can see the leaves too.
Pickerel weed flower with a Japanese beetle on it on 8/8/04. Directly down and to the left of the beetle, there is actually a bumble bee but it is moving so fast that it is barely discernable!
Pond with flowering pickerel weed and other marginals (like cattails with catkins) facing northwest on 8/8/04.
Entire Pond facing south on 7/28/04, includes the net.
Entire Pond facing west on 7/11/04, includes the net to keep the heron out.
Chromatella lily flower - yellow waterlily flower on 7/11/04.
Watercress flowers close-up - 5/21/04.
Forget-me-nots in bloom with a yellow flag iris in bloom in the overflow as well on 5/21/04.
Water celery and watercress in the falls on 5/21/04.
Pond overflow plus some of the marginal area, facing southeast, can see the fishing lines to try to deter the herons, 5/21/04.
Pond overflow plus some of the marginal area and more of the pond, facing south; you can see my koi, Maggie, and the fishing lines to try to deter the herons, 5/21/04.
Entire Pond - 5/13/04, facing south.
Entire Pond - 5/13/04, facing north towards the falls.
Entire Pond - 5/13/04, facing southwest and showing some of the land iris in bloom.
Entire Pond - 4/28/04, facing west, red bud tree in bloom, net on pond (to keep herons out), area around pond newly mulched, 20 gllon pond off to the left, Cyprio filter on left side of pond.
Tropical waterlily tubers - pulled from their pot
on 11/9/03 for overwintering in sand.
Pond facing west, full of plants, 7/26/03.
Chromatella lily flowers on 7/20/03. These yellow flowers were taken with me squatting in the deep end of the pond to get a side shot.
Pond facing south, standing at the top of the falls, pond full of plants, 7/20/03.
Fabiola lily - pink waterlily flower on 6/28/03.
Albata lily - white waterlily flower on 6/28/03.
Pond facing south on 6/23/03, lots of watercress in the foreground in the waterfall.
Pond facing north, 6/23/03, waterfalls full of watercress on the right and water celery on the left.
Forget-me-not flowers on 5/22/03 in the 1800 gallon pond
Pond facing south on 5/22/03. See the water celery and the pathetic water lily leaves.
Pond facing west on 4/24/03, newly mulched!
Panoramic pond photo facing north, 4/21/03, scanned photo. You cannot even see the water but get a feel for the entire area.
Bog bean flowers on 4/21/03.
Lilies out of the pond for repotting in April of 2003.
Small portion of the waterfall in April of 2003.
Main falls in April of 2003; water having a spring algae bloom.
Pond facing NW on 9/21/02. See the new heron, the waterfall, and
tons of water lettuce.
Pond facing NE on 9/21/02. Imagine you walked around the pond.
Pond facing SE into the marginals which appear smaller then they are on 9/21/02. You can use this photo and the previous two to imagine walking around the pond in September.
Pond Cake that my mother had made for my 30th birthday party on 9/15/02. It is supposed to look like my pond and has gummy frogs and goldfish and candy lilies and green blobs.
Pond facing South on 8/25/02.
Pond facing South-South-West on 8/25/02. See the reflections of the water off of the water in the waterfalls and the tons of water lettuce.
Pond facing Southwest on 8/1/02.
Tropical night-blooming lily on 8/1/02. Here is the pink/white tropical night-blooming lily almost ready to close at dawn after its second bloom night. The week after this photo was taken, four of 7these opened at once!
Water hyacinth flower on 6/22/02. The flower only lasts one day. This is a close-up of the hyacinths in the next photo.
Water hyacinths in hoop on 6/22/02.
Flowering purple pickerel weed on 6/17/02.
Pond facing Southwest with water lilies, sweet flag, lotus leaves, flowering hardy canna, and the Cyprio filter on the left, 6/17/02.
Three hardy canna flowers taken 6/17/02. See the same flowers (Thalia dealbata) from far away in the above photo.
Waterfall on 5/27/02. Facing Northeast, the waterfall is full of watercress. Some fish can be seen in the water to the right.
Water forget-me-not in the overflow area, blooming on 5/27/02.
Pond in background on 3/26/02. My cat, Gino, was the focus of the photo but one can see the pond through the window on the left.
Cyprio filter and pickerel rush on 9/29/01, facing east. Blue pickerel
weed/rush/plant flowers are on the left and white pickerel flowers are on the right.
Biofilter at the head of the falls on 9/29/01, facing east.
Waterfall on 9/29/01, facing northeast, impatiens flowering in the water.
Water Lilies on 9/8/01, facing west, two pink/white tropical night- blooming lily flowers in the middle, two yellow Chromatella hardy lily flowers at the bottom, and one orange Comanche hardy lily flower at the top.
Entire Pond on 8/20/01, facing west; notice the impatiens in the waterfall.
Entire Pond on 8/20/01, facing north; notice the impatiens in the waterfall.
Tropical lily flower on 8/14/01.
Pond on 7/14/01, facing southwest.
Lotus flower in June 2001 in main pond, unknown variety (they sold me the wrong one!).
Pond on 6/3/01, facing west.
Pond and Waterfall on 6/3/01, facing north, watercress blooming on the waterfall and water celery on the left of the waterfall.
Colorific iris flower on 5/29/01 (not added to web site until 9/4/02 since it was on an old roll of film). This flower is a real beauty!
Entire pond on 5/27/01; my brother took this photo from the roof so it is an aerial view! The west end is at the top.
Pond on 4/30/01 including the weeping cherry, facing north.
Pond on 4/22/01. The weeping cherry tree is in full flower. It is so beautiful! The pond does not look great yet but you can see the water celery growing well. My cat, Samantha, is strolling around at the bottom right of the photo.
Feeding Sequence June 2000, these photos are in sequential order during feeding time, you can watch the movements of the fish about 10 seconds apart:
Pond, watercress dying back, iris recovering from severe hail storm,
Cyprio filter on upper left, bright day, 6/18/00.
Feeding time, next photo after above photo as I approach for evening feeding, fish stir the surface, parrot feather at the bottom, feeding ring on the right, 6/18/00.
Fish, fish going crazy for food, the two orfe in the photo are marked, 6/18/00.
Fish, fish continue going crazy, the orfe, my butterfly koi Maggie, and my comet Jill (who with Jack are the oldest fish in the pond) are marked, 6/18/00.
Fish, fish tiring of waiting (I fed them right after the photo), orfe, fantail, koi Maggie, koi Colin, two shubunkins (their baby Bunky is also in the photo but was hard to mark, she is on top of Colin), Sarassa comet, Jill, and a comet with dropsy (for almost a year) are marked, most small fish seen are yearling goldfish, 6/18/00.
Iris, purple water iris, yellow flag iris in bloom, lilies in background, it
was raining, sweet f¼ag on the right, 5/23/00.
Water Forget-Me-Not, flowering blue forget-me-not with some wild water grass mixed in and water clover in the upper left, in the overflow area, 5/23/00.
Watercress, waterfall with flowering watercress, biofilter at upper left, electrical outlet at upper right, facing northeast, 5/23/00.
Parrot Feather, closeup, 5/23/00.
Watercress, watercress flowers, 5/23/00.
Pond facing south, watercress blooming on waterfall, parrot feather on the right, Cyprio filter visible at the far end, 5/23/00.
Entire Pond view from inside the house, shows watercress in waterfall,
parrot feather in upper right, lilies, lotus, iris, rocks, etc.; facing west, 7/3/99.
Plant overload showing watercress in the foreground along with parrot feather on the right and water hyacinth and lilies in the main part of the pond, taken facing south, 8/11/99.
Watercress overloading the waterfall, biofilter at the top, parrot feather at the bottom, facing northeast, 8/11/99.
Plant overload showing watercress on the waterfall, parrot feather on the left, water hyacinth in the middle, and lilies at the bottom, facing north, slightly east, 8/11/99.
Lilies including William Falconer (red), Fabiola (pink), Comanche
(orange, at top), and Albata (white), 5/31/99.
Iris also shows location of supplemental filter, bench, 20 gallon tub pond, and house in relation to the pond (only photo that shows those things I belive, facing east, 5/31/99.
Iris up close, hose filling pond, aerator next to it (black box), ring with salvinia, lilies just sprouting, 5/31/99.
Lilies including William Falconer (red), Fabiola (pink), Comanche (orange at top), and Albata (white), 5/31/99.
Waterfall facing North, 5/28/99.
William Falconer Lily, 5/28/99.
Watercress in bloom on the waterfall (hard to see the white flowers), 5/28/99.
Parrot Feather in the waterfall overflow area, facing south, 5/28/99.
Waterfall view looking from the biofilter down
into the salvinia and
water hyacinth covered deep end, 9/19/98.
Plants: creeping primrose, parrot feather, salvinia, water hyacinth, and salvinia over the pond, view facing South, 9/19/98.
Entire pond facing north-west, completely covered in salvinia, 9/19/98.
Pond facing North, 8/28/98.
Plants in the waterfall area, 7/26/98. The plant with the yellow flower is creeping primrose. The frilly green plant is parrot feather.
Pond facing Northwest, 7/25/98.
All 5 lilies blooming, non-blooming lotus, and other plants, late July 1998. Lilies left to right - Chromatella (yellow, small), Comanche (orange/yellow, big), Fabiola (pink, big but few flowers), Albata (white, very big), and William Falconer (red, small).
White albata lily and lily pads, July 1998.
**Best photo!! Iris and waterfall, facing North. Blue, yellow, and red iris in bloom, yellow (Chromatella) and orange (Comanche) lilies in bloom, 5/16/98.
Top of waterfall, bad picture, will not scan well, facing west, 4/12/98.
Waterfall with blooming weeping cherry behind, facing north-west, 4/12/98.
Overflow, facing north-east, 4/12/98.
Bog area and bench, facing south-east, 4/12/98.
The large pond at two months old, facing north-west, July, 1997.
Lilies in my big pond on July 21, 1997. The two white ones are albata, the pink one is Fabiola, and the orange one at the top is a Comanche. The albata put out the most weight of leaves, the Chromatella (out of sight) put out the most leaves (a smaller kind of lily), while the Comanche flowered the most. All flowered heavily except the Fabiola which only put out half a dozen flowers all season. This is the photo that used to be at the top of my pond page index.
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