October 12, 2019

Early October at the Pond

August and September were very dry in our part of Virginia. We finally had a little rain this week but not enough to bring up the water level in our neighborhood pond. There are dry beaches all around that weren't there before.

The squirrels get thirsty. I saw another one at my bird bath. I try to keep water in it for whoever needs it.

I like seeing great blue herons! If they see me, however, they fly away. I feel lucky when I get a picture of one.

This heron was standing on a rock that doesn't even show during normal weather. Now that the water level is down, the rock appears like a little island. Often it is covered with turtles!

The heron flew off and landed on the end of the pond next to the dam. I could barely see him perched over there. I snapped pictures but wasn't sure what I got until I enlarged the picture and cropped it.  


  1. Hello, our water levels are down too, we could use some rain. Love the geese and ducks. The heron is my favorite. Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead. PS, thanks for the visit and comment.

  2. Nature at it's finest...you captured Early October perfectly! Colors, composition and COOL CRISP days.

    Thanks for stopping by & sharing your blog at I'd Rather B Birdin this week.

  3. Yes, a bit of rain would help a lot of us, as well as the critters!

  4. Nice captures of the wildlife around the pond.

  5. Nice wildlife image. It's very nice of you to fill the bird bath with water for all the thirsty ones. I'm sure they are grateful too.

  6. Water levels here have been low in late summer and early fall. Terrific shots!

  7. I do like that duck - they are one of my favourite birds.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  8. Don’t you love it when you download and get a wonderful surprise like that skimming heron! Great pix, tho I’m sorry about the lack of water.

  9. What a great selection of photographs ... lovely.

    All the best Jan


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