23 Jun 16. It's been less than a week since we stocked our "water feature" thinking we were on our way to a lovely fish pond with waterfall. With a "few' test fish - literally feeder fish - we figured all we needed to do was keep out the predators and not over feed. Little did we know. Now down to perhaps 5 fish, the entire pond is covered in slime, the water turning yellow, and nothing looking very good. Instead of everything growing and looking lovely, everything is looking otherwise. Apparently keeping a healthy pond isn't the same as keeping a healthy aquarium, of which I had many over the years! The owner of last aquatic nursery we visited last week said "don't worry if things don't go as you think they should, just give us a call or visit." So after picking up dinner for Squeezy I plan on doing just what she suggested, with a plastic bag of pond water and 1 slimy rock in my possession. With luck, a good chat, and perhaps the emptying of my wallet, hopefully we'll get things back on track. If not, it's drain the pond, scour all the rocks clean, fill with fresh water, and replace just the plants. Then I'll have to put the canoe on the nearest lake to get the water lily and dragon fly photos I was hoping to get just outside the door. This shot of a water lily, manipulated some because it's for Thursday, was taken in a 9,000 gallon "pond" at the nursery where I'm headed tomorrow. If nothing else, I hope to get a few good flower shots and those will cost nothing.
I severely cropped the original, painted with black to remove all the small debris floating on the top of the pond, and converted it using the Simplify plug-in from Topaz. (Those of you using Topaz programs can expect an announcement of an updated plug-in [major update] by week's end if all goes well.) Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/2500 sec @ f / 7.1 and yes I could have gone for a smaller aperture and slower shutter speed but I wanted to limit the DOF.