The Chronicles of Pondlandia
"Busy Pondlandian Morning"
Sunday August 9 2020
Well, as predicted, our cool, dry air has been replaced by increased heat and moisture—a southern combination that defies defies accuracy of description…other than less than tolerable. Yet, we seem to thrive in the early hours of the morning and the waning hours at the end of the day. This morning, we seemed to have everyone on DuckFeather Pointe. Sure made for some good video! We had Harry, Huey, Dewey, and Mystery Mallard (who came in on a nice landing amongst them)..all gathered in close proximity, enjoying the opportunity for some cool shade provided by the Six Sister Cypresses. So, all we needed to do was set our intentions, stumble through the date (it IS August 9th) and be on our merry way. So, on this Sunday, please have a wonderful day; stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind to one another. It’s how we’ll get through all this. Elf Out!
"The Six Cypress Sisters" Pondlandia
Saturday August 8 2020
You know we’ve been working on a little vlog about the Great Trees of Pondlandia; we hope to have it ready to share soon. We’d be totally remiss to omit the Six Cypress Sisters that grace the entrance to DuckFeather Pointe. Not only are they stunning just to look at, with their towering branches, feathery leaves, and year ‘round beauty (their fall colors are stunning), they also provide shelter and housing for so many of the Pondlandian birds. The Herons (Patrick, Harry and on occasion Opal/Casper) are particularly fond of hanging out ‘upstairs’…must be a really great view. So, here we stand on this warm and humid Saturday with Huey, Dewey, and Harry; all’s right with our world and we wish the same for you. Stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind.
"Our Halcyon Days are Over" Pondlandia
Friday August 7 2020
We took a bit of a different walk this morning across the levee at North Pondlandia. We spotted Huey and Dewey slowing paddling over from the South Bank, so we thought we’d track them and see what they were up to. As it turned out, not much but just a slow relaxed ‘drive’; then they started this head bobbing behavior…we don’t know if Huey told Dewey a joke and they were laughing or if they were having a contest to see who could bob heir neck the most without stopping.Who knows the mind of a duck. In the meantime, we also spotted Patrick, the Green Heron, perched on the overflow drain AND, as almost always, Harry the Great Blue Heron on the tip end of DuckFeather Pointe. It almost seemed like Huey and Dewey wanted a lot of ‘air time’ today as they were paddling by DuckFeather Pointe as we were filming Harry. We also managed to get Mikey Tyson in on the action this morning. He loves to cross the levee…lots of great smells. And, yes, our wonderfully cool and dry mornings are ending today…at least that’s what the weather folks say. Starting this afternoon, the heat will return with mid-90’s AND, to make it more uncomfortable, the humidity will bring back the muggy air. HOWSOMEVER, we’ll deal with it and redouble our efforts to stay healthy, safe, and above all, kind. Have a great Friday, Y’all. Elf Out!
"You Gotta Be Kiddin' Me!" Pondlandia
Thursday August 6 2020
Today was such a treat!! Even though we were bereft of many of our Pondlandian friends, namely Harry and Patrick, we had SUCH a fun and nice visit! This morning, the temperature was 62º—THAT’S SIXTY TWO!! Our typical early morning low this time of year is in the mid-70’s with air so thick one can hardly breathe! For our out-of-state followers, what about where you live?? Anywho, we did have Huey and Dewey on the Pond Wall and the ‘socially distant’ Mystery Mallard. Howsomever, the ‘star’ of Pondlandia today was the lovely and graceful mist that slowly wove it’s was across the Pond. Such a peaceful and elegant flow; almost like getting a loving massage (and yes, that's massage and not message though it could be both) for your soul. We especially wish to thank Rebecca Donovan for having us on her show on MS Super Talk radio. Her show is titled “Good Things”. OK, everybody..have a most wonderful Thursday. Remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and always be kind. “MSVO Elf Out!”
"A Wonderfully Cool Wednesday Morning" Pondlandia
Wednesday August 5 2020
The morning temperatures for the past few days have been quite lovely…coolish (in the upper 60’s) and less humid. We are most grateful for that as we know in our bones that the heat will come later in the day. And, if the truth be told, we’d like to see some rain!! However, we will celebrate yet another day with Huey, Dewey, and who we will now call our Mystery Mallard…esconced on the South Bank, just being ducks. On DuckFeather Pointe, we find Harry who is at his most ultimate stillness. We can appreciate his ability to be silent and still; seems like we could all use that during these hectic times. There was just the hint of a mist moving softly across the pond, offering us ‘stillness in motion’. Y’all have a most wonderful Wednesday; we look forward to talking with you again tomorrow!
"Tuesdays with Feathered Friends" Pondlandia
Tuesday August 4 2020
It seems as though August has gotten off to a cooler start than usual, but we think that is about to come to an abrupt end. Forecast temperatures over the next few days promise mid-90’s and we are also pretty sure that the humidity will also be high. If you look at the sky, you can see that it too is paler than usual and that’s a telltale sign of the water droplets (aka humidity) gathering to help fade out the usual brilliant blue. That does NOT deter our buddies, though, as they proceed through their daily routine of cleaning their feathers, finding something to eat, resting, and flying around. Just as we have our FOUR daily intentions, they no doubt have some of their own. What do you think they could or would be? Have a spectacular Tuesday, y’all. Stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind. MSVO “Elf Out”!
"First Monday, Bright Sunshine" Pondlandia
Monday August 3 2020
Welcome MONDAY Everybody!! We hope that you join us for this week’s adventures in Pondlandia. We also have some other projects to share soon. Today found Harry (the Great Blue Heron) again on the South Bank of the Pond. With such a bright sun and cloudless sky today, we think he might be enjoying the shade and probably finding it easier to spot a fish without the glare!! If you look close, you can see Huey and Dewey heading over to the North levee area—you can probably spot them through the Gazebo. We caught up with them on DuckFeather Pointe. And finally, the little lone Mallard hen (Ruby?) just chillin’ under the Pondlandian Tree of Souls and in the Pond over near the levee. We wish all a very good Monday and as always, stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind. ‘Elf Out!’
"Celebrating a Quiet Sunday" Pondlandia
Sunday August 2 2020
We found Harry in the standing in the Pond at a place he doesn’t usually haunt…the Southwest corner AND in another flip-flop, Huey and Dewey were paddling around out in the middle of the Pond along with a Mallard hen (could be Ruby). No clashes or duck wars though…thankfully! Patrick blew out from an unknown spot, as he is wont to do! We look forward to this day of rest and relaxation and rely on our Pondlandian connection to help keep us grounded in what is important and what we can let go. Basically, living in and celebrating each moment we have. Happy Sunday Y’all!!
"Welcoming a Cool August" Pondlandia
Saturday August 1 2020
We said yesterday that we would welcome August with open arms and a warm heart…well, we most certainly have a spectacular beginning to a month that is typically known for the heat and humidity that drains all of your energy. NOT TODAY, howsomever! It’s a lovely, breezy, cloudy and cool day that greets all Pondlandians this morning. We kinda snuck up on Harry this morning and didn’t see him right off the bat. Consequently, by the time we got our camera ready and began to film him, we scared him off. But, you can see how he has the whole pond at his wingtips as he heads out toward DuckFeather Pointe. And that’s exactly where we picked him back up along with Huey and Dewey and Patrick. We hope you have a good start to August as well and, remembering our daily intentions, to stay safe, stay healthy, and always be kind. ‘MSVO Elf Out!”
"Goodbye July" Pondlandia
Friday July 31 2020
Well some days just seem exactly like the day before…today is no exception, well, unless you consider the paucity of ‘pond critters’. We had three ducks out today; Huey and Dewey plus a lone Mallard we almost did not see. Not Harry, not Patrick, not Opal/Casper, not strangers travelin’ through. We did have our nice breeze, lower humidity, and cloud cover that helped us start the day in relative comfort. And so it goes…as we bid goodbye to July, we anticipate August with some trepidation as it is usually our hottest and driest month. Yet, we welcome August with open arms and a kind heart. Have a most special Friday. MSVO Elf, “Elf out”!
"Breezy with Ripples" Pondlandia
Thursday July 30 2020
WHAT A WONDERFUL MORNIN’!! Cloudy with a nice southern breeze that makes the Pond ripple and the Spooky Spikey Woods sing with their leaves. We should really let the videos speak for themselves today as anything we should say would be superfluous. Only one thing, we must correct a misspoken date when we set our intentions…we said AUGUST instead of JULY!! Looks like our brain was thinking too far ahead..we did get it right when we were visiting with Huey and Dewey. Nevertheless, this lovely morning has caressed our heart and soul with a most excellent outlook today. We sure hope you have the same feeling! MSVO ‘Elf out’!
"Peace and Stealth" Pondlandia
Wednesday July 29 2020
Good Hump Day Morning to all the friends and fans of Pondlandia!! We had such a lovely visit this morning…it was overcast and delightfully cool!! Something we all appreciate in late July with hot August days and nights bearing down on us. But today, we have a reprieve and can linger at the Pond and on DuckFeather Pointe to see our buddies in action. We are not sure if this little Mallard hen is Ruby but she sure has settled in. And Huey is curious about her but not the typical bully; Dewey didn’t follow Huey out of the Pond and we are slightly concerned. The two of them are typically inseparable or at least only a short time. We will watch Huey carefully over the next few days to see if he continues to isolate more. We could not find Harry anywhere, or so we thought. We wandered on over to DuckFeather Pointe, watching for him in all his usual haunts. We were so involved in looking OUT for him, we almost walked up on him tucked along the north bank of DF Pointe, crouched at the ready to snag his breakfast. We did manage to interrupt his stealth, however, for which we apologize. He sashayed over to the tip of the Pointe and adjusted his outlook. He was none the worse for the disturbance. And so it goes, another day of Peace and Stealth in Pondlandia. As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind. “Elf out’!
"The Calm Before the Calm" Pondlandia
Tuesday July 28 2020
One of the qualities of Pondlandia is the invitation to relax and let a little bit of calmness drift over you. Today’s cloudy skies and coolish temperatures sure do surround us with that feeling of well-being…and in today’s world, that’s a blessing. We have no surprises today; Huey and Dewey greeted us with welcoming quacks while the little Mallard hens were a little less enthusiastic but present nevertheless. It took a second look around to eventually find Harry but he was there on the Pond. The Pond itself is clearing up as the mirror images reflect without a ripple in the water. And so, we begin this last Tuesday in July with a with soft anticipation of a day without turmoil and stress; only good stuffs. Have that same kind of day yourownself.
"The Last Monday in JULY!" Pondlandia
Monday July 27 2020
Well, yes it's the last Monday in July though I said AUGUST in the video!! What a stupidhead! Don't need to speed up time any more than it's already flying by!! And speaking of flying, we have only our ducks today at our rather late visit. Huey and Dewey as well as either two Mallard hens OR a hen and a juvenile drake. We did drop Marley The Wayward Poodle off at the vet to see if we can figure out what's going on with him. So, we missed our typical crew that's active much earlier in the day. This week will be one of intermittent rain and somewhat cooler temperatures. That's fine by us!! Y'all have a wonderful start to this last week of July! MSVO 'Elf Out!'
"More Rain, More 'Clearer'!" Pondlandia
Saturday July 25 2020
Well, it's a lovely Saturday morning for several reasons! YES! We got more rain last night, thanks to the outer bands of Tropical Storm Hannah! THEN, the Pond was very quiet this morning with almost everyone just really settled in for a morning nap (with TWO notable exceptions), AND FINALLY, we had a nice variety of feathered friends on hand...Huey and Dewey, of course; a sweet little Mallard hen, and Harry on DuckFeather Pointe. Then all of a sudden we see Patrick and Patricia (Green Herons) playing tag and flying all over the place. We are supposed to get additional rain for the next few days, so we are pretty sure the Pond will be much improved; and we will not be so brutally hot and humid. We could NOT be happier. So as we roll on through this weekend, we celebrate the rain and hope it washes COVID19 AWAY! I the meantime, stay safe, stay cool, and be kind. MSVO Elf saying 'Elf out'!
"What a Difference a Rain Makes!" Pondlandia
Friday July 24 2020
GOOD FRIDAY MORNING!! WOW! We had a nice rain that REALLY helped the Pond last night, not to mention all of Pondlandia! And this morning, the skies are cloudy with a cool breeze just making life really sweet. The 'fur kids' are home, 'Big Solid' is volunteering at a local food pantry, and MSVO Elf is solo today. We probably babble on too long but it was such a nice morning. Huey and Dewey were also quite talkative; Harry was scoping out both the South Bank and DuckFeather Pointe, AND we even got a quick glimpse of Patrick (the Green Heron) as he perched on the drain pipe before taking off. And, though we missed the comet NEOWISE, we have decided to BE the comet when it returns in 6800 years!! Remember our intentions as we set our sights on the day and stay cool, calm, and collected in the face of all this stress. Y'all have a most wonderful Friday. If it stays cool and nice most of the day, we may even have an evening video! MSVO Elf saying 'Elf out'!
"Four Ducks and a Heron" Pondlandia
Thursday July 23 2020
GOOD THURSDAY Morning!! We have a little complement of feathered friends this morning. Huey and Dewey along with two Mallard hens grace and graze on the South Bank as Harry the Great Blue Heron is perched on the drain pipe waiting for some breakfast. It's a very warm and muggy morning as we slowly but surely approach the weekend. And, YES, the Pond still looks pretty sad with all the overgrowth of nitrogen fed 'stuffs'. We understand that not only do we need some rain to provide a new supply of oxygen but an aerator would also be helpful to continue the movement and re-oxygenation of the water. So keep your fingers crossed that both of those events occur!! In the meantime, we wish you a good Thursday and say as always, be safe, be well, and be kind. 'MSVO Elf' saying, until tomorrow, 'Elf Out!'
"New Ducks, Old Ducks" Pondlandia
Wedneday July 22 2020
Good Wednesday morning Y'all!! Hump Day it is and we do have some new ducks to visit this day. They appear to be Mallard hens but if anyone out there knows better, please let us hear from you. And, we have a Pond update as well, even though the pond is still looking pretty 'wore out', we did find out that the cloudiness and floating islands of 'stuffs' are related to a cyclical response to the intense heat as well as the efforts to control a bad week via poisoning. The result has been an increase in the nitrogen level that in turn invites the growth of these islands. These will eventually dissipate and the Pond will be ever so much prettier. In the meantime, we all endure this because we know the end result will be worth it. Huey and Dewey dont' seem the least bit worried nor does Harry. So, we'll rock along with them and look on the Bright Side!! Y'all have a most wonderful day; we'll see/talk to you tomorrow. The is the MSVO Elf saying "Elf out!"
"ONE YEAR AGO" Pondlandia
Sunday July 21 2019 as Tuesday July 21 2020
We are bringing you this video from one year ago, July 21 2019. It was a Sunday BECAUSE the Pond was SO nasty looking (and smelling) we just couldn't post it. We are hopeful that it's a cyclical event but as you can see, a year ago, the Pond was a lot clearer. SO! You'll notice a couple of things; first, a year ago, we only had THREE intentions that we set, whereas now there are FOUR. And, in the last part of the video (which includes a brief glimpse of Ed the Chihuahua) there were 3 domestic ducks instead of our current two (Huey and Dewey). The Chinese Crested duck was named Louise and she crossed that Duck Rainbow Bridge just before Thanksgiving in November 2019. She was quite the character and we still miss her. Keep your fingers crossed that the Pond will clear up a bit so we can get back to our current time. If not, then we'll trip down Memory Lane again tomorrow. MSVO Elf saying 'Elf Out!'
"Monday Already" Pondlandia
Monday July 20 2020
My goodness here we are at Monday, July 20th!! We took a bit of a different view today for a couple of reasons...one, it's just nice to see things from another angle or viewpoint. That goes for more than just a video, don't you think? AND, the second and more compelling reason is that the Pond is taking on that 'summer sluggishness' where the long hours of heat help all sorts of growths occur that may eventually be helpful to the overall Pondliness BUT sure don't look very pretty. So we found Patrick over in East Pondlandia and decided to walk the levee from East to West. Along the way, we spotted Harry at the tip end of DuckFeather Pointe cleaning his feathers and Huey and Dewey taking advantage of the shade to just paddle around slowly. Such is a morning in mid-July--slow and lazy with the promise of a really hot afternoon. Y'all stay safe, healthy and kind until we meet tomorrow. MS Very Own Elf saying 'Elf Out!'
"Sunday All Around" Pondlandia
Sunday July 19 2020
The Spookey Spikey Woods of North Pondlandia really REALLY called to us today; it was so hot even around 7:30 this morning we just felt like setting up a chair and sitting in these glorious woods all day. BUT, then we'd miss our other friends...namely Harry the Great Blue Heron who continues to make DuckFeather Pointe his launching pad for breakfast and a great view of the Pond. Finally, we could not help but show you more of our 'Turtle Tree' aka Oak-Heart the Elder as we wound down our daily Pondlandian visit.
"Sweet Rainy Night" Pondlandia
Saturday July 18 2020
Well, we had such a nice refreshing rain last night; the earth was so thirsty and today is so grateful. The Pond is still a bit on the sluggish side, but as it absorbs the summer heat, all sorts of things grow up and out. That, however, doesn't stop our friends from making their way around, over, and across Pondlandia. Most are in search of food, some (as in Huey and Dewey) want to be territorial, and others, like the two little Mallard hens, just want to paddle around and stay cool. Harry, always like a statue, was in hopes of finding some breakfast as was Patrick, who may be really hard to see. He's a smaller heron and is well camouflaged. We hope you enjoy today's visit to Pondlandia and will return tomorrow to see what new has evolved over the day and night. Have a most glorious day and always remember to be kind.
"Sunny Day, Cloudy Pond" Pondlandia
Friday July 17 2020
Good Morning Everybody!! Welcome to Friday in Pondlandia. As you can see, the pond looks like it was 'rode hard and put up wet!'--an old Southern expression for tired and worn out. But, this too shall pass and soon some soothing and refreshing rains will clear all that out. BUT!! We do have Harry the Great Blue Heron, Huey and Dewey, and little lonesome Ruby on hand to greet the day. No matter what, make this a great day for yourself and those you know...be safe and be kind. See you tomorrow!
"Cloudy and Slow" Pondlandia
Thursday July 16 2020
Today, July 16th, we find activity in Pondlandia a bit on the slow side BUT Huey and Dewey seem to be bound and determined to chase Ruby (the little Mallard hen) around the pond. Out on DuckFeather Pointe, you'll notice it's a bit cloudy and somewhat cooler than it's been these past few days. We are MOST grateful for that. And FINALLY, we introduce many of you to 'The Turtle Tree' (big old tree whose trunk looks like a turtle). He even 'talks'. He's been around for a long time and knows how to survive just about anything, so he's giving us a little pep talk. We hope you enjoy our Chronicles of Pondlandia as much as we enjoy bringing them to you!!
"Hot Doesn't Even Begin..." Pondlandia
Wednesday July 15 2020
It's Wednesday everybody!! What a glorious day but a HOT ONE!! Not much action this morning but we do find Huey and Dewey paddling around. No Harry to be seen BUT we did find Ruby (the little Mallard Hen) all alone on DuckFeather Pointe. If you look closely, you can see the ripples on the water which shows a slight breeze, which feels wonderful. So, another day in Pondlandia!! We hope you have a day filled with smiles and an opportunity to be kind. See you tomorrow!!
"Launching on You Tube" Pondlandia
Monday July 13 2020
NOW WE'VE GONE AND DONE IT!!I We've started a You Tube channel for The Chronicles of Pondlandia!! We invited everyone to join it and never miss a thrilling minute of life in the slow lane. SEE!!
"Duck Doldrums" Pondlandia
Saturday July 11 2020
As we work on establishing our Pondlandia You Tube channel, we will endeavor to keep everyone up to date with our friends and ensuing shenanigans. That being said, trust Your Elf when she says that the heat and added humidity will slow down the shenanigan actions quite a bit. For example, this morning, Huey and Dewey could, as it appeared, have cared less at Ruby's proximity to them. All they seemed to be interested in was cleaning their feathers and maybe a nap following.
Harry located off DuckFeather Pointe today and decided fishing would be best from the levee.
But NOTHING was more representative of this time of the year than Golden Pond ITSELF! It was the poster child or gold standard for SLUGGISH and thick and slow and tired. And this was at 7 in the morning!!
And so it goes...we will continue to stress the call to be kind, to help each other out, to provide a smile when you might not want to, and to heed the needs of your neighbors. In other words, as one of our intentions states, 'DO EPIC"!
"What's a Ruby to Do?"" Pondlandia
Friday July 10 2020
Apologies are in order for NOT posting for a couple of days. We are trying to get a handle on how to navigate our Elfspeaks website and maximize it's access. Turns out, we'll be locating a lot of our videos onto a YouTube channel to cut down on the sluggishness of posting directly to The Chronicles page on Elfspeaks. We'll continue to post on here as we grapple with understanding how to do what we just said!
In the meantime, rest comfortably in the fact that 'you ain't missed a THANG' as life in Pondlandia slows down and creeps along during these summer months. Today's heat index will approach 115º which is dangerous. This morning at 6: 30, when we made this video, the temperature was already 77º BUT the humidity was 96%. Y'all, that's just wrong. As we write this now at 12:15, the air temp is 87º with humidity at 77% bringing the heat index (or feel) at 105º.
Huey and Dewey were being really nasty to Ruby this morning; their feelin's must be hurt from her hanging out with Daffy. And, the still shot is a reminder that sometimes, even the smallest of things are beautiful...this toadstool no doubt offering shelter and shade to some tiny elves or roly polys.
Take care and stay cool, healthy and home!
"Peaceful, Easy" Pondlandia
Monday July 6 2020
We welcome the first FULL week of July with this Monday. Once again, we were greeted by our pals gathered on the South Bank. There is such a peaceful vibe here this morning with no fussin, feudin' and fightin'. Everyone was quite into doing their own thing, be it sleeping, foraging, or fishing.
We hope this week brings some relief to this time of upset and anxiety...to the extent we can be a little less unsettled. The attempts to complete the intentions always makes a difference in how you feel. When one does something nice or kind for someone else, it just naturally makes some tension flow away.
Y'all have a really good Monday!
“The Calm AFTER the Storms”
Sunday July 5 2020
We have survived the fireworks of the Fourth both the man-made and Mother Earth made. This morning's walk was in a very pleasant coolness we don't often get this time of year; the heavy rains and thunder from yesterday's storms provided a much appreciated buffer for the firecrackers. Unfortunately, for many veterans and animals, the sounds are terrifying.
The duck family has gathered on the South Bank now for the past week and today was no exception: Huey and Dewey were sound asleep with the heads tucked under their wings while about 5 Mallards were pecking along the ground for something tasty. Harry the Great Blue once again posted himself on the tip of DuckFeather Pointe. No Patrick or Opal/Casper noticed though no doubt somewhere close by. Have a most spectacular Sunday from all of us here in Pondlandia.
Yes Indeedy!! It's Party Time for America, the Good Ole US of A! The land we call home. This most likely will be a little more of a subdued party because of all the COVID19 issues. And though we have been through the proverbial wringer thee past few months, we KNOW in our little Elfin heart that there will be a turning point to this turmoil, borne of kindness, patience, endurance, and belief in the our future.
So, take a look at our little Pondlandia today; do these inhabitants look worried? They may be but they don't let get to them. So let's us try to enjoy this holiday without the pervasive stress and celebrate who we are!
Our "Little Rememberin' Tree" stands tall and proud to be a reminder of all the great things we have to be grateful for and to celebrate. He stands sentinel at the threshold of Pondlandia and we are ever so glad to see him every day!!
“HAPPY 244th BIRTHDAY 'MERICA!!!”
Saturday July 4 2020
“The Calm Before the Storm”
Friday July 2 2020
Yep, this is a Holiday weekend, so lots of activity will occur in the Pondlandian neighborhood; cookouts, gatherings, and fireworks. We are not big fireworks fans as it scares the fur kids to death and doesn’t do our feathered friends much good either. Pretty sure ducks don’t like anything that sounds Iike a gun! That being said, we had a nice gathering on the South Bank today—Huey and Dewey with no Ruby in tow; Ruby, Daffy, and The Bachelor; and, of course, Harry.
We here in Pondlandia wish everyone a safe, happy, healthy and COVID free weekend.
Thursday July 2 2020
On a deceptively cool-ish morning, we watched an interesting situation unfold in the ongoing saga of Huey/Dewey/Ruby and Daffy. You can watch in the first video how H/D went after Daffy as he glided toward the South Bank. You can see by their ‘attitude’ (necks out, paddlin’ hard) they meant ‘bidness’ about ridding themselves of Daffy’s presence. You can see how Daffy slowly but surely turns his way back toward to South Bank; Huey and Dewey follow and then decide to grab some yummy eats along the bank, burying their heads underwater, paying no attention to Ruby up on the bank.
Welp—watch what happens next. We had stopped filming but when we noticed that Daffy had eased over to Ruby, we began the film again. You know, we believe in that animals are sentient beings and be hornswoggled if we don’t think this was a result of problem-solving behavior. When we finally left, Ruby and Daffy were grazing away by themselves ad H/D were still chowing down at the South Bank. We’ll see if this Duckly Subterfuge is sustained all day.
"A Refresher on Intentions"
Wednesday July 1 2020
It occurred to us the other day that several of our newer viewers may not be familiar with the four ‘intentions’ that we set daily. As we move to the ever increasing heat and humidity of the next few months, our current levels of anxiety, discomfort, and tension will be further challenged. We have choices to make on a daily basis that impact the people and world around us, so making good decisions about how to make and manage our actions is often a struggle.
As we walked an abbreviated Pondlandia route today due to some rain, we felt the presence of Pondlandia constance...things we can count on every day and that offer us a sense of stability. Huey and Dewey (though we know their days are numbered as are all our days); the great trees of Pondlandia (Toto the ‘African Tree’, the Pondlandian Tree of Souls, and our Spookey Spikey Woods); the Pond itself, the resident shore birds (Harry and OC) and the anticipation of seasonal fowl that come and go.
Every day, we pause at some point (or Pointe) along the way to ‘set our intentions to help us keep moving toward the positive. They are as follows:
To Love Somebody Forward — this simply means to take the high road when someone is unkind, argumentative, mean-spirited or otherwise inviting negative actions. The most frequent illustration is ‘a soft answer turns away wrath’. This in no way means to ‘wimp out’ but to respond in a manner that invites your antagonist to step back from that ledge of anger. It’s an answer that de-escalates the emotional build up and opens the door to more positive communication. And, it’s ain’t easy.
To Perform a Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) — this one is self-explanatory; often hard to do. But, man oh man, does it make a difference.
To Pay a Compliment to a Stranger — same as above AND you don’t have to fall all over yourself to pour on the sweetness. It could be something a easy as ‘cool shoes’, ‘nice smile’, or ‘you work really hard’. Nothing too personal or over-board-ish.
To ‘Do Epic’ — my ABSOLUTE favorite. It means to actively strive for your best effort at every thing you do. In other words, don’t waste your time with negative actions when the universe can offer so much more. This phrase comes from one of my favorite all time books, “Bright Side” by Kim Holden. You’ll just have to read it...truth be told, Big Solid loved it as well.
So there you have it, our intentions and what they offer or make up your very own!
Enjoy our great feathered friends too!!
"Pep Talk from Oak-Heart the Elder" Pondlandia
Monday June 29 2020
We were so thankful this morning for some cloud cover; it made our morning walk bearable, for sure. It also seemed like every time we’d get within filming distance of OC (Opal/Casper the Great White Egret), s/he would fly off. AND, of all birds, Harry stayed in the middle of the levee where we really couldn’t see him well. Our trusted love triangle was on hand, however, as was another pair of Mallards.
We don’t know about y’all but we’re getting pretty weary of this ongoing virus situation. There are only so many Netflix/Amazon Prime series we can tolerate, especially since we are approaching the time of year when bein’ under an air conditioned roof is not only a wish but a necessity.
As we were walking home, we passed our friend, OakHeart the Elder (previously known as The Turtle Tree). Since he is so very connected to this area, with his massive trunk and equally deep roots, he offered us some Heart-felt support. Hope you’ll give him a listen.
Hang in there...from all of Pondlandia!
"Goodbye Dust! Hello Heat!" Pondlandia
Sunday June 28 2020
And so we have this Sunday, our last Sunday of June…coolish this morning, heating up quickly. We had Mallards on hand that took off quickly; leaving Huey, Ruby, and Dewey in their ‘take off’ spray. Even Harry did not wish to stick around this morning as we tried to creep upn a bit closer. Sometimes, you gotta just let things be. We will do just that…Be Well, Be Mindful, Be Kind.
I wonder how the water birds/fowl deal with the heat and humidity; but wait, that’s kinda easy. All they have to do is jump into the Pond, swallow a bit of cool pond water (ugh), immerse their heads and bodies with a few quick dunks, and all is right with the world. For the shore birds, there is such shade under the many cypress and other trees, finding cover from the sun is not an issue. As for us, well, that’s a whole ‘nuther story. It’s like being dressed in clothing you took straight from the washing machine and slapped it on your body. You will never dry out even though the sun is blazing. The distressing part of this, for many of us, we are on the very, very front end of this…we won’t see relief until late October. I remember as a kid when there was no air conditioning, the heat didn’t seem so awful. And the sound of an attic fan pulling the nighttime air through the house was like taking a trip on the African Queen with Humphrey Bogart.
"Clouds, Dust, and Wet Air" Pondlandia
Saturday June 27 2020
The temperature this morning at 6 a.m. was 75º and I think the humidity was pretty close to that, if not more. Walking out a door outfitted with condensation, a cup of dark roast coffee in hand,we were immediately engulfed by a giant water balloon. The garden loved it and happily presented its bounty of okra, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, and assorted peppers with a “See what I did during the night!” and “Pick Me, Pick Me!” After ridding some okra blossoms of a gaggle of ants with some botanical spray that they don’t care for, we came back in to ready the fur kids and Big Solid for the morning trip to Pondlandia.
We encountered Patrick the Green Heron right off the bat as we walked towards the Spookey Spikey Woods; he was perched on a lurching pallet, once a nice roosting place for the ducks. He did not linger but we did get some film of him. He’s a flighty bird…pun intended.
Huey and Dewey were grooming themselves with such fervor, we wondered what they were getting all gussied up for…the weekend? Ruby’s return? With no Harry insight, we did not intend to go out on DuckFeather Pointe BUT we finally spotted him on the North Bank of DFP. His mastery of stillness the envy of those who must be busy.
Have a most pleasant, safe, healthy, and kind weekend.
"Unseasonably Wonderful" Pondlandia
Friday June 26 2020
Ho-hum…and so it goes yet again today. Huey, Ruby, and Dewey seem to be a fixture. There was another Mallard pair today, so we are always happy for a few more quacks.
And Harry was in his spot. It's almost a sacred place to watch him and to set our daily intentions for the practice of mindfulness
I guess the weather today takes center stage for it’s sheer comfortableness. This is the time of year when the heat and humidity crank up the intensity and make us wish for fall already. We had a downpour yesterday afternoon and some rain during the night as well. There has been continuing cloud cover most of the morning which certainly does help keep the heat at bay.
I’m seriously considering adding some additional material to our Chronicles or at least posting to another Elfspeaks page and just sharing its link. Actually there are several Elfspeaks bloggeries that cover a multitude of subjects —and as the duck doldrums set in, I’ll try to crank up the additional Elfery fun and entertainment. And, if there are ideas you may like to suggest we cover (no politics AT ALL), we would love to see them. We’ll commence this elf-fort beginning July 1…next Wednesday
Of course, when there are epic happenings in Pondlandia, they will be covered, promoted, and enjoyed!!
Thursday June 25 2020
There was a calmness and stillness over Pondlandia this morning; perhaps the Universe is telling us to slow down, breathe deeply, and take stock of our blessings. These past few weeks have been filled with so much turmoil, uncertainty, and anxiety, it's been hard to focus on how to move forward with lighter hearts and minds. Today's visit to Pondlandia served to show us that there is a pocket of beauty and solace, no matter where you are. Search it out and celebrate it OR keep us handy for quick refreshment. As my friend, Dick Ford, used to say, "Be of good cheer." Our friends on hand today, Huey, Dewey, Ruby, Daffy, and Harry, share their lives with us through thick and thin. Nothing spectacular today; just plain ole livin'.
"Spooky Spikey Woods and Waterfowl" Pondlandia
Wednesday June 24 2020
Hump Day in Pondlandia started with a reminder of just how awesome the North Pondlandia Spookey Spikey Woods are and how they seem to reflect our state of mind these past few months. See!
When we first noticed H&D, we did not see Ruby; she was almost buried between the two of them. We did have more than our usual complement of Mallards this morning, so maybe they are massing an intervention. And, finally, we missed Harry this morning but it was OUR lack of seeing him on the side of DuckFeather Pointe instead of his usual spot. Our bad...I'm sure he would have had some cool pictures from a different locale. We'll keep our Heron Eyes open tomorrow!!
"Ruby's Back and Guess Who's Got Her" Pondlandia
Tuesday June 23 2020
We were quite surprised this morning by sunny skies, a cool southern breeze when The Weather Channel's forecast for us was 100% rain almost all morning. Big Solid was likewise thrilled because his Tuesday Golf Game was ON!! AND, to top it all off, as we approached the pond's South Bank we were absolutely delighted to see a Mallard drake perched on the bank. THEN, we spotted Huey and Dewey a few years away with none other than RUBY in their midst!! We figured Ruby and Daffy went of a small vacation to Disney World to see Donald...I mean, isn't that every duck's dream!
We wandered on over to DuckFeather Pointe to check in with Harry. He has made this place is perch for the past few days. As we were setting our intentions, Huey and Dewey BOTH went after Daffy with a vengeance but we were a bit too far away to capture it well on film. Just take our word for it, it's wasn't pretty.
"Fisher-Heron Harry'" Pondlandia
Monday June 22 2020
Goodness, what a lovely morning here in Pondlandia. We had some great rain last night complete with lightning and thunder (but not bad stuff). It cleared the pond up a bit, cooled the temps down a bit, and heightened our mood a bit, as well. We appear to be totally bereft of ducks other than Huey and Dewey. No Ruby, no Daffy, no Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego, no The Bachelor. You get the picture. So H&D seem to be content with the current status of ducklessness; we wonder if they miss the excitement of chasing 'intruders' away, if they miss Ruby, or if they would like to see some more 'accidental tourists' like the Whistling Ducks pass through. Methinks we'll never know.
Harry, on the other hand, enjoys his solitude at the end of DuckFeather Pointe AND today we were privy to watch him stalk and snatch a tiny little fish clean from the pond. Probably not gonna get Harry to become a vegan. And so it goes...
"Hooray for Dads" Pondlandia
Sunday June 21 2020
Greetings and Happy Father's Day from the banks of Pondlandia!! Today's shenanigans were almost non-existent BECAUSE there were no other ducks on the pond but H&D!! Huey found himself going after a squirrel but that really didn't meet his expectations. We did have Opal/Casper, the Great White Egret, on hand for a bit but other than that, Q.U.I.E.T. was the word. Even Harry was absent from his DuckFeather Pointe Perch though he did surprise us by a flyby which we missed filming. We hope everyone has a Father's Day that is meaningful, happy and full of great memories.
"Double Down" Pondlandia
Friday June 19 2020
Saturday June 20 2020
Well, this will teach me to get behind!! Goodness...let's catch up from Friday. You can clearly see how possessive Huey and Dewey are with Ruby, so we KNOW it's not just any Mallard female...it has to be Ruby!! It's interesting how H&D assume the warning 'neck' when approaching a duck they want to dismiss. I guess it's like a horse laying back his ears...'Danger Danger Will Robinson!' Harry's position, once assumed, rarely changes. Works for him to better catch breakfast. And finally, if anyone knows what those growths in the pond that look like lungs are, please let us know. Actually, they look like a cross between lungs and a cantaloupe!
Today found lots of action! Initially, it appeared to be a rather dull morning BUT that quickly turned to a busy one. Between the Mallard/H&D goin's on and then seeing Opal/Casper drop out of the sky, our little camera was busy. So just sit back and enjoy!!
"Cluster Duck" Pondlandia
Thursday June 18 2020
You know, one can never underestimate the mind of a duck....just when you think you've got 'em pegged, they offer a whole new set of actions. For instance, we were quite taken aback when Huey and Dewey recently re-asserted themselves between Ruby and Daffy after months of, well, not. Yesterday, there was no Ruby to be found, so we thought the Ménage á Duck was but a passing fancy. NOT SO. This morning, Ruby was being 'kept' and a Ménage á Duck wannbe chased away without a second glance.
Such is life in Pondlandia. To quote the late, great John Prine, 'One day you up, the other your' down'. Even DuckFeather Pointe was bereft of fowl life this morning, so Marley The Wayward Poodle and I had it all to ourselves. Enjoy our daily adventures and feel free to share with anyone you think would likewise enjoy.
"Pleasantly Placid (mostly)" Pondlandia
Wednesday June 17 2020
The Pond looks pretty nasty this morning! Just look at the debris that shows up on Huey's breast as he exits through the scum!! It's that time of year where the warmth of the water invites the growth of icky stuffs. It certainly does not deter them from heading for the corn. But what DOES deter them is the Mallard that flew over to the South Bank from DuckFeather Pointe. They would have NONE of it; also conspicuous by her absence is Ruby. We'll see what the afternoon brings.
And, finally, Harry's reign over DuckFeather Pointe continues. It obviously meets his requirements for strategic fishing, a panoramic view, and peacefulness. We MUST recommend a movie to you we watched last night Thanks to my Movie Mate, Terry Woosley! The title is 'This Beautiful Fantastic'.
"A Very Pleasant Surprise!" Pondlandia
Tuesday June 16 2020
What a lovely surprise this morning! A little bitty dry cool front drifted through last night and left us with a delightful morning.
Duck action on the pond has not changed--Huey and Dewey are still surrounding Ruby and she seems to be either enjoying the love or resigned to the isolation. Sooner or later, this situation will resolve and she will become 'just another duck in the Pond'. Daffy will no doubt be thrilled and their lives will begin again.
Harry was being his regal, statuesque self but the real star of the 'show' this morn was the mist. It just seems to have a life of its own; I completely understand the famous Sandburg poem 'Fog'; he's absolutely right.
"Thankful for Mornings" Pondlandia
Monday June 15 2020
Well, this morning's temps were tolerable; the increased humidity is not welcomed, that's for sure. On our first glimpse of the Pond this morning, there were about 6 geese (a double batch of Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego), a couple of mallards, and Huey and Dewey. By the time we made it to North Pondlandia, Huey, Dewey, and Ruby were over at the levee. Yep, the love trio was still active. Poor Daffy was relegated to loving from afar.
Harry maintained his Duckfeather Pointe perch and all seemed right with the world. We set our intentions and made the commitment to honor them.
"Just a 'Tetch' More Humidity" Pondlandia
Sunday June 14 2020
Well, it's still a mite cool but one can feel the increased moisture in the air. We heard from a good friend in Texas yesterday sayin' "Get Ready"; the heat and humidity is on the way.
Life in Pondlandia remains unchanged. Huey and Dewey are still 'in love' with Ruby and are keeping her isolated. The other Mallards were eventually chased off.
Harry was locked onto the end of DuckFeather Pointe while Patrick decided to hunt from the Pond Wall.
Local gardens are exploding with produce; ours is no exception. The next few weeks will bring us a bounty (we hope) of tomatoes, shoshitos, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, okra, spaghetti squash, and maybe even a cantaloupe or two.
So, kick back and enjoy as we plunge headlong into the last half of June.
'Goin' for THREE' Pondlandia
Saturday June 13 2020
Well, take a look at the picture from Alexa this morning. That temperature!!
So we most certainly gathered 'the boys' up for their morning stroll in our Pondlandian digs.
There seems to be a repeat performance of an earlier 'love quadrangle' between Huey, Dewey, Ruby, and Daffy; Daffy being the odd duck out. A few months back, it seems that Huey and Dewey wished to engage in ménage á Mallard with Ruby. They kept her isolated from Daffy for at least a month and would intervene when Ruby tried to get to Daffy or vice versa.
Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego were on hand to look regal, Patrick the Green Heron was so perfectly camouflaged, we could barely see him, and Harry was far across the pond on the levee...also hard to see. Nonetheless, we always enjoy our daily visits (aren't you glad we don't post our afternoon walks!)
'What Is So Rare as a Second Perfect Day in June'?' Pondlandia
Friday June 11 2020
When we walked outside around 6:20 for our morning constitutional with Marley The Wayward Poodle and 'Mikey' Tyson the Chihuahua/Werewolf combo, it was 61º and there was not a cloud in the sky. HOW CAN THIS BE? Best we not question and just relish the cool, dry air for as long as it is willing to stick around.
Apparently, the inhabitants of Pondlandia were also lulled into a sense of relaxation and tranquility, as there were no duck shenanigans or overt displays of ill-will. There was one moment or two that gave us appuse but even that turned out to be a false alarm.
Ruby, Daffy and The Mallard Bachelor (who flew away early); Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego quietly munched on some tender grass; Huey and Dewey were relaxing close by, though Huey did crowd Ruby's space a bit but did not try to intimidate; Harry carried on as his statuesque self at the very tip-end of DuckFeather Pointe. It was indeed a Peaceable Kingdom.
So, it's a portend of a great weekend where kindness, thoughtfulness, and The Golden Rule, well...Rules.
'Perfect Day' Pondlandia
Thursday June 11 2020
You absolutely could NOT ask for a more lovely morning. It is cool (low 60's) and it is crystal clear. It appears that Cristobal paved the way for some gorgeous weather. We KNOW this will not last...this IS Mississippi and the heavy humid air coupled with the 90's is right around the corner. The pleasantness of the morning, however, seemed to be limited to the weather as Huey and Dewey (mostly Huey) were being such 'duckheads' and bullies to Ruby and Daffy...especially to Ruby. Harry got disgusted and flew over to Duckfeather Pointe to get away from the noise and aggression; Patrick wants no part of anybody, except a fish; and the three geese (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) flew in late and missed all the shenanigans.
Yet, the sight of the mist moving across the pond soothes even the most turbulent of emotions and lets a little peace filter into the soul. Have a most excellent day.
'Hump Day' Pondlandia
Wednesday June 10 2020
Welcome to Wednesday...'Hump Day' in Pondlandia doesn't really stand for anything other than 'just another day in Paradise'. Days of the week and keeping track of time doesn't matter to our inhabitants, both animal and plant. You gotta love that the beings here just rock along doin' their own thing...and sometimes being bullies. Today we had a nice variety of 'friends'...not many of them but a nice selection! We haven't seen Opal/Casper, the Great White Egret, in a while; Harry the Great Blue had DuckFeather Pointe (yep, we embellished the spelling to give it the proper designation), and of course, Huey and Dewey. It was a much cooler morning than yesterday...we'll take all the cool we can get at this time of the year. Y'all have a day filled with smiles, health, and kindess.
Tuesday June 9 2020
Well, yes, we missed a day here on Monday but did manage to post to our FB page late last night.
Just as we figured, our Pondlandian friends weathered Cristobal just fine; it got blowy and rainy but nothing so severe as to wreak havoc or cause a substantial amount of damage.
Patrick, seen at the last minute, Huey and Dewey, and three geese were our companions this morning.
BUT!! We discovered that DuckFeather Point has a Sentinel!! Indeed, it does...from the depths of the Point, he's there. We think he's quite amazing! See for yourownself!! He looks like he's winking at us, letting us know all is well.
'Waiting for Cristobal' Pondlandia
Sunday June 7 2020
Our friends were scattered about this morning, hence the multiple videos. Two Bachelor Mallard drakes were snoozing quite nicely on the south bank but our presence eventually woke them up. Don't know where the ladies are.
Dewey gave us a real scare by secreting himself in the clump of bushes on the west bank...we could see Huey easily but NO DEWEY. Then Big Solid spied his little beak poking out and he was located. We are still worried that he may be ill because he has never hidden like that before. We speculated that he may be sensing the approaching weather and decided to take shelter early.
Harry fixed himself on the end of DuckFeather Point, alternately preening and checking out the food supply.
And finally, though not in actual Pondlandia but in our backyard garden, we are finally getting the bee population back up after a toxic spray by our pest control folks....that will NOT happen again.. Note this pollen heavy bee we picked up in slow motion. The flower he was enjoying was a spaghetti squash blossom.
'You'd Never Know We Had a Storm' Pondlandia
Saturday June 6 2020
From all appearances this morning, you'd never know we had a terrific storm last night. We'd barely made it home from Kebab & Curry when it hit; the wild wind blew down a couple of trees ACROSS tne only way in/out of Pondlandia!! Thanks to quick response from the Madison Police, Madison Fire and Entergy MS, they had the road cleared and power restored in about 2 hours!! Plus, there were live wires so the neighborhood helpers could not just jump in a start up a chain saw. We posted a couple of pictures we took this morning. Just so you know, our "little Rememberin' Tree" was unscathed and standing Sentinel on this D-Day; reminding us yet again of the sacrifice of many;
But, if you take a look at our stalwart feathered friends, you'd think it was just a 'nuther mornin'. Huey and Dewey, Patrick, The Bachelor Mallard were out and about in the misty pond.
'The Prayerof St. Francis' Pondlandia
Friday June 5 2020
Day Whatever -- We've Quit Counting
Today, as the world around us continues to turn in turbulence, in peace-making, in emotions, and in reconciliation, we here in Pondlandia celebrate this little oasis where we can enjoy the antics of those beings who do not watch TV and be pensive, grateful, and tranquil. Today, we jut let the pictures and video speak for themselves. "Make me an instrument of your peace...".
'A Momentary Lapse in Time' Pondlandia
Thursday June 4 2020
Day Whatever -- We've Quit Counting
We have been SO remiss lately but will try to catch up some today. Too many irons in the fire and by the time we'd get ready to post, the day would be gone. In the long run and greater scheme of things, though...nothing has changed and Pondlandia thrives. We are all watching with great interest and wariness the path of Cristobal. Today was relatively slow; Daffy and Ruby were on the south bank; Huey and Dewey on the Pond wall on the north levee; and Sam and Dave (the Green Herons) were racing around the pond again playing tag. We missed getting them on film but they'll most likely play again. We may take a small detour later to share some pictures of our garden!! It's been such fun! Stay tuned!!
'Bustin' Out All Over' Pondlandia
Monday June 1 2020
Day 26 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer?"
HAPPY JUNE !!! Let's hope that June will bring us better times all over...from North to South/East to West. Let us be healthy and well again. Very very quiet today...a bunch of squirrels, some Mallards, and our ever-present Huey and Dewey. We could do with some softness for a while.
'Goodbye May and Welcone June' Pondlandia
Sunday May 31 2020
Day 25 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
What a perfect morning on to say farewell to this month of May. It is clear, it is cool, it is dry, and it is peaceful. We would like to think that this is a portend for the month of June and the COVID-19 crisis will end. In the meantime, we continue to celebrate the life and time of Pondlandia and the wonderful wild lives that keep us grounded, including the enduring and powerful trees that populate this area. We are so thankful for the developers who held these trees dear and kept them. We see so many housing developments where that does not occur.
Today we had Patrick, the little Green Heron; some Mallard drakes just lazily paddling across the pond, Huey and Dewey sunning within striking distance of the corn, and finally, our Harry, the Great Blue...preening with a watchful eye to potential breakfast fish. Quite lovely. Not only is tomorrow the first day of June, it is also First Monday. You'll see that later project later on!
'Tag! You're It' Pondlandia
Saturday May 30 2020
Day 24 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
Well, what an interesting morning we've had! We've added a new 'find' to our list of 'friends' to keep track of...a lovely robin (Rosie) who is patiently sitting on her nest. Our neighbors, the Grissoms, pointed her out to us the other day...so we are keeping a 'hatch' watch.
Then, we saw Harry perched on a not-so-elegant drain pipe, figuring he really could care less about elegance, bein' elegant no matter where he lands. A sprinkling of Mallards were also on hand. HOWSOMEVER!! The energy of Pondlandia was more than adequately showcased this morning by the antics of a pair of Green Herons...who were NOT Patrick and Patricia. Sam and Dave put on a display of 'aeriality' with their 'tag'. Reminded us of an old movie about airplane racing...I think it was 'The Tarnished Angels' with the sub-title Pylon. 1957!! I remember seeing it with my folks at the Drive-in (that handsome Rock Hudson was in it). But I digress. They were indeed enjoying themselves immensely.
And FINALLY!! Yes, the turtle trap is still on shore and empty. We are so encouraged and feel assured that the continued use of the Turtle trap will be regularly monitored to make sure trapped turtles are re-located in a timely and humane manner.
'Doe, a Deer or Three' Pondlandia
Friday May 29 2020
Day 23 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
Well, we have a regular potpourri of life in Pondlandia today!! First, we spotted a lovely doe at the entrance to the Spookey Spikey Woods early this morning. What a Treat!! We've not been privy to seeing many deer lately, most likely to all the construction that is destroying their world. So we were more thrilled to see her, knowing that where there is one, there are usually more! And sure enough!! We weren't quick enough on the video trigger to catch a film of them but more than happy to capture a picture.
DuckFeather Point brought us the beautiful slow swirl of mists AND yet another spectacular image of the cypress 'featherleaf diamonds'.
As we turned toward home, we encountered this magnificent snail. Just look at him! He's huge, as domestic snails go and we had to move him out of harm's way smack dab in the middle of a busy road.
And FINALLY!! Yes! The turtle trap is out of the water and we understand the turtles are free, hopefully in a new home.
Thursday May 28 2020
Day 22 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
The recent storms have ushered in a couple of days of very lovely weather...lower humidity (we can fold up our gills for a day or two) and temperatures in the lower to mid-80's. YAY! Weather was also responsible for the SpaceX launch being scrubbed yesterday...will hopefully go up Saturday.
As for the life of our Pondlandia, nothing much changes. The ebb and flow of our friends is always anticipated. We missed our stroll through the Spookey Spikey Woods today as Big Solid was eager to get on the golf course AND, possibly more compelling, he forgot the treats that are usually provided during our time there.
On hand today were several Mallards, Huey and Dewey, and a brief squawk fly-by from Patrick. No Geese or Herons (other than Patrick). A couple of cool birds that we could not see well enough to identify. Anywho, enjoy and we will see you tomorrow!!
'Diamonds in the Cypresses' Pondlandia
Wednesday May 27 2020
Day 21 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
What a most spectacular morning following some rather brilliant lightning, equally explosive thunder, and delicious rain that our garden's occupants slurped right up as last night boomed on through. None of this disruption seemed to make one iota's worth of difference to our Pondlandians but we do remember two 'leetle' bitty chihuahuas whose ears grew a foot long when it stormed. The Feathered Convention Center from yesterday was completely vacant today...all we had tap today was Harry at the DuckFeather Point tip and Huey/Dewey on the Pond Wall. Enjoy as we barrell toward the end of May!
On the video with Harry, doesn't it look like the cypress 'feather-leaves' are sprinkled with diamonds? Just lovely!
'A Bounty of Water Birds' Pondlandia
Tuesday May 26 2020
Day 20 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
Well, we have a LOT of feathered activity this morning with what appears to be a Bachelor Convention with many Mallard drakes AND a sextet of Geese. We were also fortunate to catch Patrick the little Green heron in flight as well. PLUS, if you'll notice in the first video, Harry the Great Blue is perched in perfect stillness on the bank just this side of DuckFeather Point!! The second video is quick but speaks to some Geese territoriality that took place off camera.
In North Pondlandia this morning, we did run across a pair of Mallards...the shadows cast would not let me determine if they were Daffy and Ruby or just two more drakes and I was loathe to disturb them.
The final video does find Harry fishing for some breakfast as well as Huey and Dewey. It would appear that Dewey was in the 'duck' house and having to stand in the corner!! I wonder what he did, or did not do!! And as always, we set our intentions to make our day meaningful to ourselves and to others. See you tomorrow!!
'Remembering The Fallen' Pondlandia
Monday May 25 2020
Day 19 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
We'll make this short and sweet today. It's a beautiful morning with the promise of a blisteringly hot afternoon. Nothing of import happening in or around Pondlandia as life goes right on. We do take time to give thanks for our lives and for the lives that were given for us. If Huey, Dewey, Daffy, Ruby, Harry, The Bachelor, Opal/Casper, and Patrick could talk...they too would say thanks.
Sunday May 24 2020
Day 18 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
A most Glorious Sunday is upon us!! We slept late (past 6:30 even) and just took a nice long lazy walk through Pondlandia. At first we could NOT find Huey and Dewey so kinda panicked a bit. We did have Patrick, Ruby, Daffy and Father/Mother Goose on hand. The storms of yesterday evening brought a slight cooling off period. YAY!! Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend. Be safe, Remember our fallen, and be kind.
'Glorious Saturday!!' Pondlandia
Saturday May 23 2020
Day 17 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
Well, we certainly had a nice visit this morning and had a chance to see Harry (the Great Blue Heron) in action!! We had JUST turned off the camera when he went into action, so we didn't catch everything BUT you can see what occurred!!
Not only was Harry in full glory but also we had Mother/Father Goose (squared), Mallard Drakes (squared), Patrick the Green Heron, and eventually, Huey and Dewey! I guess everyone was in full energy mode (well, except for Huey and Dewey) because we are going to get into the 90's today again. Hopefully, we can back off this heat for a while before it becomes like a damp and heavy blanket over us for the next FOUR/FIVE months! We did include one picture (not video) of the turtle trap, one soul's head reaching out for freedom. We are optimistic that relief will come for them soon.
'Where Time Doesn't Matter' Pondlandia
Friday May 22 2020
Day 16 "Sorta Opening Up?"
Well, when we say 'Time Doesn't Matter' in Pondlandia, we mean just that. The wonderful lives that thrive here really don't go by calendars, watches, or other time measuring devices. They go by the sun (or lack thereof), the temperature, the air pressure, hunger, need for rest, need for cleanliness, escape, watchfulness and various reactions to their environment. They do not worry about the news, politics, who's gonna win The Voice, what to binge on Netflix next, or all the things we use to pass time in our own lives.
So, we have today, a small but peaceable kingdom. We hope that the approaching heat (yes, we will most likely hit our first 90º day today) will find them in the cool shade offered by the Pondlandian Tree of Souls or any of the other magnificent trees we have, or paddling around in the cool waters. Like we say here in the deepest of the South, 'it don't make us no nevermind'. Happy Friday y'all.
'Weekend Eve Eve' Pondlandia
Thursday May 21 2020
Day 15 "Sorta Opening Up?"
What started out as a pretty boring Pondlandian visit turned into a pretty decent one...in no small part thanks to a nice meeting with Oak-Heart the Elder, our Turtle Tree friend. And speaking of turtles, the trapped ones are still trapped. No one seems to be concerned but me 'n Big Solid.
Huey and Dewey were nestled on the pond wall and levee, completing their morning ablutions; The Bachelor took off after Ruby and Daffy; and that was pretty much that. We did take a still photo of the gaggle of cypress knees as one enters DuckFeather Point. Looks like a little village, doesn't it. All one needs is to see little tiny plumes of smoke coming up from them.
'Hump Day' Pondlandia
Wednesday May 20 2020
Day 14 "Sorta Opening Up?"
Welcome to the penultimate Wednesday of May!! Yes Indeedy--this month is almost history! That means we only have 12 days to make May a special month. We can do that by finding a way to be kind, to be polite, to stay healthy, and to enjoy his spring weather. It won't be long before the heat and humidity drive us indoors to the a/c and more Netflix.
In the meantime, our feathered friends just roll with the days and nights...not at all bothered by the passage of time. We could certainly learn something there!
Harry the Great Blue was at his his STEALTH-iest best hidden in the Salvinia. I don't think he moved a single feather for quite a while.
Huey, Dewey, Mother/Father Goose, and Ruby/Daffy were hunkered down on the south shore, getting a few relaxing moments in for the day.
Tuesday May 19 2020
Day 13 "Sorta Opening Up?"
What a quiet and peaceful day it is!! We missed yesterday (BOO!) due to rain and when I tried filming yesterday afternoon, got side-tracked by a phone call. Nevertheless, we are, as Minnie Pearl used to say, "Just so proud to be here."
Hardly any duck action today; Huey and Dewey were hunkered down on the pond wall and The Bachelor was chilin' on Duck Feather Point.
Y'all have a most special day; stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind.
'Still Quiet, NOT so Peaceable' Pondlandia
Sunday May 17 2020
Day 11 "Sorta Opening Up?"
GOOD SUNDAY MORNING!!! We spotted Harry the Great Blue on the levee as we were winding down our North Pondlandia stroll; he wound up in the Salvinia and assumed his Hunting pose of a statue. We left him to his own devices and hoped he enjoyed a tasty breakfast. Patrick and company (who we didn't get a chance to film flying and squawking this morning) were also on hand. And our regulars 'seemed' to be just hangin' out, all sweetness and light....NOT. Huey took off after The Bachelor and the chase began. And so it goes...
So, enjoy this lovely Sunday; stay safe, stay healthy, and always be kind.
'All Quiet, All Peaceable' Pondlandia
Saturday May 16 2020
Day 10 "Sorta Opening Up?"
WHAT A TREAT this morning! Everyone, nearly, in the same spot, acting sweet and nice. They must have set their intentions early. It's a kinda cloudy and coolish day here today. As you can see in the video, we had no less than THREE Green Herons fly into the cypress trees on DuckFeather Point. We've never seen that before...quite lovely. Not sure if you could hear them squawk but they were sure talking.
Otherwise, everyone was chilled and laid back this Saturday. We most certainly can live with that. Be safe, be healthy, be kind.
'Weekend Eve' Pondlandia
Friday May 15 2020
Day 9 "Sorta Opening Up?"
GOOD FRIDAY MORNING!! Looks like all is well in Pondlandia today. Huey and Dewey seem to be doing fine...maybe the little scare with Dewey is over, though we do understand that they are Elder Ducks.
We were also graced with not one but TWO of our shore birds today...Casper/Opal the Great White Egret and Harry the Great Blue Heron. Patrick, our little Green Heron, managed to take off before we could get him. Mother and Father Goose (squared) were also on hand as were Daffy and Ruby. What a way to start the day!!
'Protected by the Earth's Beanie' Pondlandia
Thursday May 14 2020
Day 8 "Sorta Opening Up?"
The sky kinda took center stage this morning..the mix of puffy clouds scattered across really blue skies and then a low level bank of streaming clouds passing beneath. Sure made for a lovely morning's view. Y'all know I'm a sucker for wearing beanie--wool blends for the fall and winter, cotton blends for the spring and summer. Well, I got to thinking that the SKY is the Earth's Beanie. Stay tuned for how we'll play with that!!
The pond was active this morning with Patrick (the little Green Heron); Huey and Dewey; Ruby and Daffy; and Mother/Father Goose who swooped in at the last minute in a flurry of wings and 'words'. You can see a third Mallard drake, known only as The Bachelor, as the geese are landing. He pretends to be shy. And, it was a peaceable featherdom this morning as well. And yes, the turtles remain in the trap, stuck in the salvinia.
Wednesday May 13 2020
Day 7 "Sorta Opening Up?"
Not a lot of action in Pondlandia today...in fact, everyone was downright lazy! I suspect they sense a falling barometer and decided to kick back and wait for the rain. We DID have a couple of sightings--Patrick, our little Green Heron was so beautifully camouflaged in the green banks, we missed him 'til he took off. And, Harry the Great Blue Heron was caught on a fly-by. Yes, the turtle trap is still stuck in the weeds and is still full of turtles.
So, we had two geese (Mother and Father Goose), three Mallards (Ruby, Daffy and Bachelor Mallard), and our faithful guys, Huey and Dewey. And so it goes...
'A Momentary Lapse' Pondlandia
Tuesday May 12 2020
Day 6 "Sorta Opening Up?"
We DO sincerely apologize for our lapse yesterday...we just got behind in our doin's and never made it to the screen. Believe us when we say, you didn't really miss anything dramatic...no duck wars, no deer, no thrills of any kind.
Which brings us to today; after some concerns about the health of Dewey yesterday evening (see the FB page of Janne Swearengen), we were utterly delighted to see Huey and Dewey paddling around the Pond together. So, that's what today is about...being happy that these two, as territorial and bullying as they can be, are still the pair we know and love. So, enjoy them, set your intentions for the day, be safe, and stay kind.
'Happy Mother's Day' Pondlandia
Sunday May 10 2020
Day 4 "Sorta Opening Up?"
We HAD to feature the Spookey Spikey Woods of North Pondlandia simply because of the noisy woodpecker echoing throughout them. Then we got REALLY worried when we only saw Huey without Dewey...that NEVER happens! But, lo and behold, you'll see Dewey come running up. He must have been napping or lounging behind the levee when Huey decided to hoof it on over to the banks of South Pondlandia. And, of course, they spent time harassing Ruby and Daffy before finally settling down.
It was 43º this morning when we bundled up to walk and 47º in Madison WI. Kind of a topsy-turvy cool. Have a most special and Happy Mother's Day to all y'all!!
'Blustery and Airish' Pondlandia
Saturday May 9 2020
Day 3 "Sorta Opening Up?"
We'll curtail our waxing philosophical and wordiness of yesterday; our brain is depleted of intellectual momentum. Following the rains and wind of yesterday, we were welcomed today with clear blue skies, a very brisk northeast wind, and the usual suspects of Pondlandia. Huey and Dewey, Ruby and Daffy. No deer were to be seen; Casper/Opal was seen briefly before being scared off by the goose squawking. Father Goose's limpiness seems to be easing a bit. He and Mother Goose were in the pond this morning scraping up some luscious mud from the pond floor when a second pair of geese dropped in on the other end of the levee (near the infamous turtle trap). Such noise!! Such greetings!! Such assertion of territory!! And finally, after resolution, they commenced to gossip. If only we could speak Goose.
'What a Difference a Day Makes' Pondlandia
Friday May 8 2020
Day 2 "Sorta Opening Up?"
You know, it's interesting how the Universe is in constant change, even though that seems like a non sequitor or 'does not compute'. Yesterday was the epitome of a magnificent day; warm but not hot, breezy but not too, dry but not the compression humidity that will soon arrive, and a cloudless sky of resplendent perfect blue and not the washed out tired blue of oft washed jeans.
Today we have gray skies dark enough for the street lights to stay on way past their time, thunder and lightnin', rain, and the promise of near record cold temperatures. My goodness...what's the deal? It is as it will be...one day this, the next day that. It all boils down to how you choose to live it.
We had quite a surprise as we strolled toward the Spooky Spikey Woods of North Pondlandia when we spied at least four deer. The video is a bit far off but we were loathe to frighten them as it's been many weeks since we've seen any sign of deer other than a few tracks. So we are tickled pink.
Our 'limpy' Father Goose was more intent on staying off his bad leg, as in sitting down. We find that worrisome. There no sign of Ruby today, perhaps because there there FOUR Mallard drakes in the area, and Huey and Dewey were tightly tucked in on the pond wall, ready for whatever may head their way.
So we set our intentions as always and remain hopeful that the turtles will soon find a new home; we look forward to another day in Pondlandia tomorrow to see what's changed and what has not. In any event, it's a day to celebrate.
'Mistful and Wistful' Pondlandia
Thursday May 7 2020
Day 34 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
We are at THURSDAY already....How did this happen? Seems like yesterday, we were talking about Monday and now it's Friday EVE!! We are grateful for the constant that is Pondlandia to ground us and relieve our restlessness. Father Goose has the limp, we tried to video him but he decided to just rest in the 'unipedal' way. We did notice that the limp was a bit more pronounced...darn. Huey and Dewey were catching a morning sleep (this looked more intense than a nap) as lo and behold, Ruby and Daffy came gliding through the wisps and the mists before taking to the pond wall to preen and relax. Have a most spectacular Friday Eve! Stay Kind and DO EPIC!
Cloudless in Pondlandia
Wednesday May 6 2020
Day 33 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
What an absolutely STUNNING day!! The bluest of skies, the coolness of temperature, the slow current of mist moving over the pond, the absence of duck wars, a goose with a limp (no video, just trust me), a lonesome Mallard drake, Ruby and Daffy preening, Huey and Dewey nowhere to be seen (though behind the levee is a good guess, and TOTO, one of the MAGNIFICENT TREES of Pondlandia. Just Wow!
'Cinco de Mayo' Pondlandia
Tuesday May 5 2020
Day 32 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
Buenos Dias and Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Very quiet on the Pond today. Geese talking, a quick view of Patrick, the little Green Heron, Huey and Dewey practicing social distancing and setting our intentions. Ruby and Daffy were so far away, they were almost hard to spot. Stay safe, healthy, and kind.
'First Monday in May' Pondlandia
Monday May 4 2020
Day 31 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
Look, we took a bit of a day off yesterday, never imagining the drama that unfolded during our afternoon walk. There was a 'death match' fight between Huey and Daffy yesterday afternoon. This wasn't your "I'm chasing you away fighting, this was I WILL KILL YOU fighting. Huey had Daffy by the neck and was trying to throw him around. Well, we could not have that so we raced down to the pond and broke that up. I was SO MAD!! They eventually settled down but I stayed close until they went to their separate corners.
Today, you'd never know it. All was peaceful. No sign of the "Lost Boys" (the Whistlers) but we'll keep looking for them. Goodness, if they were witness the the Huey/Daffy violence, they were probably getting the heck out of Pondlandia!
The turtles remain trapped. You can see them poking their little heads out. ARGH!
Saturday May 2 2020
Day 29 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
HOLY MOLEY Y'all...what started out as a regular ole morning (video 1) turned into sheer joy when...well, you just have to see for yours-elf (video 2). THEN, we raced home, grabbed the binocs and flew, well,poor choice of words, raced back to the Pond and caught video 3!! Plus a still photo! The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks came BACK!!
And, finally, can one possibly say Mississippi (or The Weather Channel's 'The Land Mass Between New Orleans and Mobile') any better than this!
'WELCOME to the Lusty Month of May' Pondlandia
Friday May 1, 2020
Day 28 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
Oh My GOODNESS!! Do we ever welcome this month of May! Thinking of how aptly these next 31 days are named. May we see the light at the end of this dismal tunnel; May we go back the gym and an exercise regimen that keeps us strong; May we find Lysol and toilet paper in abundance; May we return to a living wage; May we get a HAIRCUT and relief from roots of a different color; May we shop 'til we drop; May we hug our friends; May we visit our families in hospitals, long-term care; May we celebrate our faith(s) at church; May we continue to enjoy the simplicity of Pondlandia; May the turtles find a new home instead of a trap; and above all, May we be DONE with COVID-19.
Simple video today...Pondlandia's morning stillness. Geese on the banks, Mallards in the water, and Huey/Dewey resting on the pond wall. Cypress knees and trees and The Pondlandian Tree of Souls ever watchful.
'So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adeiu' Pondlandia
Thursday April 30, 2020
Day 27 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
Today our little Peaceable Pondlandia bids 'Adios' to April; and indeed peaceable it was this morning. Ruby and Daffy have found refuge with their bodyguards, Mother and Father Goose. You can see that Huey and Dewey have distanced themselves nicely from any territoriality issues
The turtle trap remains stuck in the same place; we even tried (with Bocage permission) to move it with a long pole. Alas, the pole was not long enough and we were loathe to risk impaling ours-elf on a cypress knee or possibly worse, being on the receiving end of a Water Moccasin's mouth.
Tomorrow we welcome May and the increasing warmth of spring. YES!! In the meantime, stay healthy, stay safe, thank those who are caring for us, be kind and DO EPIC!
'One April Day More' Pondlandia
Wednesday April 29, 2020
Day 26 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
April is a month we typically enjoy for it's welcomed spring temperatures and release from frosty mornings. Gardens are planted, flowers erupt with stunning colors, the animal kingdom shares a bounty a new lives, and sometimes, we wish April would just last another month or two before the punishing heat and humidity settle in.
Well, NOT THIS YEAR! This April has been one for the record books for us and for many, and while we do not wish time to go by any faster than it is, we are so not sorry to say goodbye to April tomorrow.
'Clouds of Knowing' greeted us early this morning. Knowing the rain was moving out, Knowing that sunshine is in the offing, Knowing the storms that rolled through overnight could have been worse, and Knowing their presence wraps us to the earth.
Huey and Dewey enjoyed eating some mud. Ruby and Daffy warmed the pond wall. And the turtle trap is full of turtles desperate to get out and find a new home. Enjoy this penultimate day of April; Covid-19 needs to be escorted out of this universe and May is just the month to do it!
'One-Foot Nappin' Pondlandia
Tuesday April 28, 2020
Day 25 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
Easy day today...not much activity at all other than seeing our two pair taking a morning snooze..one legged snoozes at that. It's called 'unipedal resting' and helps the duck regulate body heat. Another interesting duck fact has to do with why ducks sleep with their necks craned backward and tucked under a wing...this helps the neck muscles relax since they have to work hard to hold those long necks up and it,too, helps with temperature regulation. How about them apples!
Y'all have a great day, be thankful, healthy, safe, and kind.
Sunday afternoon and Monday Morning April 26 & 27, 2020
Day 23 & 24 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
My Goodness...do we have some great shots from a sundrenched Pondlandia as we took our afternoon constitutional with 'Mikey Tyson' and Marley The Wayward Poodle (TWP). We were beyond excited to see THREE different ducks perched on the pond wall! Ducks we'd never seen before AND a Green Heron, to boot. LOVE the shot of them flying into the pond! And THEN, lo and behold if we didn't spot Opal/Casper the Great White Egret in the southern curve of the Pond along with the Canada Geese on shore. We do not have CLUE what these ducks are even after consulting our Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds. If anyone knows what kind of ducks these are, please let us know!
And then we go from the sublime to the mundane with Monday morning's usual view of Huey and Dewey. No Mallards, no new ducks, no excitement....just a beautiful day to set our intentions and to be thankful for all those folks whose lives are on the line for us...First Responders, Health Care Workers (the whole 9 yards from housekeeping, maintenance, Social Services, Docs, Nurses, CNAs, and administrative staff), Sanitation Engineers (who've been more than challenged by folks who've used this time to clean out EVERYTHING and throw a LOT of good stuff out on the curb rather than donate it), First Responders (Police, Fire/Rescue, and EMTS), and folks who are working at essential jobs keeping the state going as best they can. So enjoy this day and soon this will all be behind us.
'Can't We Just Get Along?' Pondlandia
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Day 23 Continuing "Shelter in Place"
Well, for goodness sake!! It looked like a feathered Free-for-All out there today. First, it was all peaceful and serene (as serene as it can be with honking geese) and then BAM! The Mallards flew in and then Huey and Dewey also flew into a territorial rage! The geese just watched in stunned amusement as every effort was made to dispense with the Mallards!! And to add insult to, hopefully non-injury, no corn was distributed. As we departed, the antagonism continued and on a SUNDAY no less.
Nevertheless, we wish everyone a lovely day, full of ways to be thankful, positive, kind, and healthy. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
'Elusive Blue Skies' Pondlandia
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Day 22 Continuing "Shelter in Place"
Well, another stormy night with lots of rain BUT hopefully we are done for a while. At least my straw bales are getting the watering they need to be a composty paradise. The first video is of Ruby and Daffy at the base of the levee; there was a very small leak there for a while and there is obviously something there they are interested in. Looks like a lot of the waterfowl like to scrape the tip end of grainy looking grasses into their little gullets...guess that's good fiber. The second and third videos show Ruby and Daffy back in the pond and enjoying a nice bath. And finally, Huey and Dewey plus our intentions for this wannabe lovely Saturday.
Enjoy today's videos!
'Grateful and Sunny' Pondlandia
Friday, April 24, 2020
Day 21 Continuing "Shelter in Place"
Well, Friday is bringing such a resplendent blue sky, we had to pause a minute to take it all in. Ruby and Daffy were perched on the pond wall while Huey and Dewey were locked into their levee position. No animosity noted, thankfully. One day in a row without storms or rain! YAY!
The mist is slight this morning but is nonetheless wistfully beautiful in its delicate presence. Like it's meant solely to elicit our admiration.
Happy Weekend Eve!!
'Fully Green and Lush' Pondlandia
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Day 20 Continuing "Shelter in Place"
Wow! What a night and early morning we had!! No serious damage but a LOT of rain. Nothing of dramatic significance in Pondlandia but our do see how lush and green it is after three weeks of soaking rains over time. Though we be rain and storm weary from this Spring so far, come August through October, we will be thankful the water table was filled. The clouds are due to depart later today and we will welcome the sun for the next few days. In the meantime, Huey and Dewey wait for some corn while the rest of Pondlandia waits for the sun.
And we introduce for the first time on our website, our wonderful 'talking Turtle Tree' who has a few words for those who notice him every day.
'Round Three Anticipation' Pondlandia
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Day 19 Continuing "Shelter in Place"
Well, here we go again, again with another storm system due in tonight. Hopefully, it won't be as intense as the last two and will be in/out before we can say 'where is my slicker'. As for the duck action this morning, Huey was such a bully. We did not even see Ruby and Daffy early on but we sure did once Huey and Dewey spotted them and Huey went all feathered ferocity on them. We also got two still that we really like...The Clouds' Promise and The Pondlandian Tree of Souls mirrored in the pond. What a spectacular tree. Enjoy, be safe, and be kind (Kinder Than a White Duck).
'An Unclouded Sky' Pondlandia
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Day 18 Continuing "Shelter in Place"
'Tis a puzzlement today. We filmed Huey and Dewey on shore of South Pondlandia waiting to be delivered some corn. It was a nice video but nothing spectacular. We took some stills to share with our mates at St. Columbs and went on our merry way. Howsomever, the video did NOT show up on our computer when we got home. So, we hopped into 'Scottie' (my 2008 Element BEST CAR EVER) and took off to film again.
As it turned out, we were gifted with the presence of not only Huey and Dewey but also Ruby and Daffy (who were not there initially) AND, swooping in mid-video, Harry the Great Blue Heron. Talk about serendipity! There is repetition of the our intentions but that's ok, it won't hurt to be reminded Enjoy!
'Clouds Be Gone' Pondlandia
Monday, April 20, 2020
Day 17 Continuing "Shelter in Place"
Still pretty cloudy and dismal early this morning BUT we did have the Mallard pair back to help brighten our day. And as we publish this, thankfully, the Sun has indeed reclaimed the sky.
'DejaVu All Over Again'Pondlandia
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Day 16 "Shelter in Place"
Welp, here we go again. We are at a TORCON 7 today (same as last Sunday). We will monitor Pondlandian weather throughout the day to make sure our friends are ok. They have enough sense to get in places that are safe and probably sense the weather better than we do. We did see the Mallard drakes and the Papa Bluebird today along with the stalwarts, Huey and Dewey. Have a most magnificent and safe Sunday!
Overcast 'Cottonbritches Winter' Pondlandia
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Day 15 "Shelter in Place"
We were in for a bit of a rude awakening this morning; it rained overnight; BUT it also turned almost back to winter! Nevertheless, Pondlandia offered us some interesting footage of Harry the Great Blue Heron. Of course, immediately after we turned off the camera the first time, he JUMPED into the pond for a quick bath!! First time we've ever seen him do that. So, you only get a brief glimpse, as I didn't get the camera turned back on in time. He's quite the character, for sure. Huey and Dewey were not intimidated in the least with his long strides close to them. Tomorrow is another Alert Day for severe storms, so we will monitor the Pond and our friends. Stay safe, stay well, and be kind.
'No Mist-Sun-Kissed Pondlandia
Friday, April 17, 2020
Day 14 "Shelter in Place"
A No Mist, Sunkissed Pondlandia with the return of the Mallards!!! Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay centered on kindness. Happy Friday, y'all!
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The Magnificent Trees of North Pondlandia's Spookey Spikey Woods!
Pondlandia the Surreal
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Day 13 "Shelter in Place"
Another crisp and cold (we even had FROST!) morning in Pondlandia. Huey and Dewey rule as not another feathered soul (waterfowl that is) was around. We are working to get some pictures of the bluebirds; will have to go without Marley! Anywho, enjoy again the mists of Pondlandia. Be safe, be well, and be kind.
Pondlandia the Sunny
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Day 12 "Shelter in Place"
The briskness of Pondlandia was only exceeded by the brightness of the sun--we'll take that. We did have a brief appearance by Harry the Great Blue Heron who we haven't seen in a while. Huey and Dewey were still as statues on the pond wall, all tucked in for a one-footed quick morning snooze. We saw the Mallards early on but by the time we got around to Duck Feather Point, they'd gone elsewhere. And, finally, the nutria traps are gone. We never saw one trapped but understand that at least two were caught. Hope that helps!
Enjoy this day, stay well, stay safe, and be kind.
The 'Mists of Pondlandia'
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Day 11 "Shelter in Place"
The 'Mists of Pondlandia'. I swear, if the hand of Lady of the Lake had risen and presented a sword among the swirling mists, I would not have been surprised. Only Huey and Dewey this beautiful sunlit morning...that's fine. Others will appear later in the day. Enjoy.
Though the "Turtle Tree" is not technically in Pondlandia, he is very much a presence as we enjoy our daily walks. Oh the stories he could tell!
Post Easter/Post Terrible Storms Pondlandia
Monday, April 13, 2020
Day 10 "Shelter in Place"
Post Easter/Post Terrible Storms Pondlandia. We were the lucky ones yesterday as 11 people lost their lives following an outbreak of tornadic weather that raked across MS, including TWO F-5 tornadoes. We here in Pondiandia are truly thankful we were spared and the life of Pondlandians moves along. And, today, we saw one of the dreaded nutria that are wreaking havoc with our pond--Marley wanted that nutria!
Easter in Pondlandia
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Day 9 "Shelter in Place"
Welcome to a blowy, cloudy Easter morning in Pondlandia. Today's winds make the Spooky Spikey Woods and surrounding awesome Trees of Pondlandia scene stealers from the ducks, though we did have a bit of Mallard action this morning. To everyone in harm's way via the weather today, be safe and weather aware. We will keep tabs on our feathered friends during the day but know that they handle the bad weather as well as they can. Keep our intentions alive today as we wish this storm system to 'wash that virus right outta our lives' (apologies to South Pacific).
Pondlandia in the Sunshine
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Day 8 "Shelter in Place"
With all the wintering waterfowl gone, Pondlandia is lonesome. In fact, we've seen very few deer as well, though tracks can be found to assure us they are still around. However, we continue to enjoy the solitude and quiet, except when the geese are squawking and/or the DuckFeuds are underway. We are truly fortunate to have this little piece of pleasure in the midst of growing development and 'progress'...though we are grateful that the noise of heavy machinery, nail guns, hammers, and dump trucks has subsided to a degree. We are also taking time to celebrate the magnificent trees of not only the Spooky Spikey Woods of North Pondlandia but also the stunning trees we often overlook in our elf-forts to capture fauna activity. In fact, today, we nearly missed Ruby and Daffy as they perched almost out of sight. Huey and Dewey were taking a morning snooze and were oblivious to our walk out on Duck Feather Point. Be save, be healthy, and be kind.
Welcome to Pondlandia
Friday, April 10, 2020
Day 7 "Shelter in Place"
A chilly and windy Pondlandia greeted us this morning...geese, mallands and Huey & Dewey did not seem to in in the least. They know the chill will be brief (albeit not the last of this early spring season) and sunny skies with growing warmth will take hold and stay. Passover is completed and Good Friday is here. Be safe, be well, and be kind.
We would like to give a special shout out to our nephew, Reynolds Patterson, for making a Pondlandia North Carolina video to share with us. Thanks, Reynolds!!
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Day 6 "Shelter in Place"