Monday, March 16, 2009

Brigadoon Pond

We did not purchase waterfront property when we built our house eight years ago. Instead, we found a beautiful wooded lot that would remain fairly private, even as houses were built around us. However, the back part of our property and the wooded area behind us should probably be designated as wetlands. The builder could only go down 2 feet for our foundation, then we backfilled and graded the remainder. Each year about this time, Brigadoon Pond emerges. With the snow thaw and spring rains, we have a rather large swampy area for about 10-12 weeks. Luckily, it tends to dry up before mosquito season hits. In the past, we have had ducks swim around on their trip back north. If you look closely at the picture below, you will see a pile up of twigs between the two cottonwoods. I'm thinking maybe we had some beavers building a dam out there recently. (I can't believe one of the guys actually would have stacked them up, but I could be wrong).

This year, our ghost pond has been a bit oversized. The ground is pretty saturated from the massive amounts of snow we had over the winter, and the 4 inches of rain we had last week didn't help matters. It's dried up pretty well right now (it should since there is a drainage system under it!). Luckily, we didn't have any flooding in the house but the sump ran steadily for several days.

This is just another harbinger of spring.

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