Ranchito pond winter solstice

This is my ranchito pond three days ago before winter solstice today. I scared ducks from the water. They arose and congregated in the air with a flock that soared from Blue’s pond forming an all-school choir, beating wings westward to Celebrity Ranch.




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16 responses to “Ranchito pond winter solstice

  1. Elaine F Lee

    Water in this area is welcome and invited no matter the form. Thanks for sharing the photo.
    Merry, Merry and Happy, Happy to you are yours. If you are going to Santa Fe or Taos, I am envious, but enjoy the change of scenery, the weather and the holidays with family and friends.

    • Thank you, Elaine. Yes, we welcome water in any form. The cow tank picture shows it the lowest in a decade, but still about ten to fifteen feet deep in the middle. Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year!

  2. Hello Jack, nice to see you. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in the year to come.
    best wishes
    Grethe ´)

  3. Donnie Reno

    Looks like you have been getting some rain, every thing is well in East Texas. Merry Christmas! Don

    • Don, please have a good Christmas and a happier New Year. I am glad to hear that all is well and things are getting better in East Texas. I know the family is different now and I hope things are beginning to fall in place.

  4. Rubia

    Lovely shot of your pond with the light reflecting off the water! Have happy holidays Jack!

  5. It must be nice to see water after all the dry weather you have had. And ducks? Yes, if they are present its certainly wet. Recently while reviewing a wetland delineation in a remote area the project proponent asked me how I “guessed’ there was a wetland in a remote corner of the property. To which I responded “It must have been the mallards flying out that area that led me to believe that there might be a wetland over there!”

    Very nice to read your words and see your photo!

    • That is one of those moments when you wonder how a question like that can arise. Of course, if eyes were open and observing the landscapes and sentient movement upon it, the question would never have been proposed — mallards flying, must be a wetland somewhere. I have seen ducks piddling around in bar ditches full of water, just ten feet from vehicle traffic.

  6. Wishing you lots more rain in the new year. I just saw the mutterings about snow as far south as the I-20 corridor on Christmas day. Whatever form the water takes, bring it on!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, and best wishes for the New Year!

  7. po

    Beautiful–looks like a pond near where I live. I think the ducks and geese don’t know which way to go it has been so warm.

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