Saturday, November 12, 2005
Change Of Seasons, Change Of Climate
In the collage above, you have two sets of before and after views.
In North Florida, summer is the season of daily afternoon thundershowers...we get a lot of 'em. Between the daily rains and the occasional hurricane, ponds and swamps stay nicely full most summers.
Fall and Spring are considerably drier. Cool dry air pours down and gives us blue, cloudless skies for a few months, before and just after Winter.
Winter can be pretty wet at times. We can get heavy rains for days when a cold front stalls over the area. The combination of cold Canadian air and warm moist Gulf air produces a lot of precipitation. It gets cold here and it's a damp cold that goes right through you.
(Before you chide me about it getting "cold" in Florida, let me just say I have been on the Athabasca Glacier, Mt. Ranier in the winter, and honeymooned in Banf also in the winter. I've been on a SAR hike in the Great Smokies in blowing snow with a wind chill of 20 below, my beard was a solid mass of ice when I finally got off that trail...so I have been cold before and it does get cold here.)
Anyway, the top two pictures are my amphibian pond that my buddy Billy scooped out this summer. The left photo is summertime, a few days after he dug it. The right photo is this week. This is actually what I wanted to happen. This pond is supposed to be a fishless, intermittent water hole for my frogs and salamanders. The weird tower is a boy built jumping in the new pond structure...which was supposed to be taken down by now.
I think the bottom photos really point out the difference in the two seasons. The summer view of the pond at left is such a luxurious expanse of rampant green growth. The pond is nicely full (it had been way out of it's banks for months) and the dock is barely above water.
Contrast that with the right view, which was taken last week. The water level has dropped exposing sandy banks and the dock sits high above the water. The plant growth is much thinner now and everything looks tired.
The low water allows me to get into the main pond and pull algae and trim back the black willows that would enclose the whole pond if I allowed them.
No problems with water quality yet, but if the winter rains don't come, the low water levels could cause some low oxygen days for my bream and catfish.
I don't really have a name for my pond...we just call it, "The Pond".
If it dries up completely, I'll just call it Lake Marguerite.
Posted by R.Powers at 12:18 AM