Pond Ice and Winter Algae

0102151203Several days of cold and the pond has a glassy cover of ice drawing ever closer to the center where the bubbler keeps it stirred up.  I’ve seen it much colder and the ice much thicker, but I am beginning to feel like I am watching the plot develop in a favorite old movie, knowing where it is going and how it will end.  I like the way the cycles of life repeat on the farm. It is slow and reassuring.

I find it interesting that even in the frigid cold, a bright green bloom of algae is living along the shore within the crust of ice.  0102151203aPerhaps the color is suspended in ice like vegetables in the freezer and it will turn brown in the spring thaw.  It looks alive and growing, though, and it is kind of spooky.  Those mysterious gray spheres are just tennis balls that were never fetched back to shore and probably never will.

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About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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One Response to Pond Ice and Winter Algae

  1. lifeunderacarolinamoon says:

    Although that photo is beautiful, it gives me a chill looking at that. Ha! I am southern through and through and any temperture below 50 is too low for me! Never been much of a fan of the cold weather. Winters here can be kinda crazy. This past Sunday for instance it was 76 degrees but, by tomorrow it should be in the low 30s. Insane.

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