The Pond

I hiked for an hour and a half through tall red indian grass and willows. It has been a while since I explored our ponds in the cool morning freshness of autumn. My presence stirred birds, turtles, frogs and fish. Water oozed from fresh deer tracks. Fat, ripe Cattails exploded in the early sunlight. I came home with a twisted ankle instead of the cool picture I wanted of turtles sunning on a log, oh and a couple of mosquito bites. Regardless, it was thrilling.IMG_1216IMG_1223 The difference is amazing between when we bought this piece of land, and how it looks today. Unfortunately, the water table is much, much lower. Flocks of Pelicans and geese used to stop here when they migrated. There is – at best – a tenth of the water in the pond now, compared to when when we first bought it. Since then, the pump and sprinkler have been removed. The gravel pits have been re-drilled to native grasses. Truckloads of junk were hauled to the dump. All of the work was done by us. No government programs paid us – or dictated terms – to create this sanctuary.
The natural habitat is as much for us as it is for the wildlife. I realize it is not the most lush, gorgeous land in the country, however, for me, it as a kind of haven where I can feel one with the land, where my ancestors whisper to me that here – I got it right.
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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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