The photo above is the pond bottom the day after Barry. The white bucket is still in place, so if you click back to this previous post, you have a nice reference point for seeing the change.
The barely visible dark square object about halfway up the right edge of this photo is the end of my little dock. That's a good reference point for how high the water "should" be.
It's still a puddle and not a "pond", but at least it's taken a step towards regaining pondhood.
Totally unrelated to the pond is this picture of coral bean (aka: Cherokee Bean) blossoms beneath the blueberry bushes. This is a tough as nails native that can handle shade, sun, salt ... anything but wet feet.
The hummers love them and are visiting them pretty often as evidenced by the properly pollinated, swollen ovaries below.
Inside these fruits are crimson colored beans that are hard enough to be used as rosary beads. I will be collecting this year's crop and planting them (another hurry up and wait germinator like coontie, Vicki).
In other rambly, unrelated news:
I think our pregnant doe from a week ago did have her baby and it's a single. She was in the yard with a tiny spotted fawn two days ago. I couldn't get the picture, because the kids were making a major motion picture video in that area and I would have been in the picture if I had gone after a fawn shot. It doesn't do for a "LOTR" knock off video to have a wildlife photographer skulking around in the background.
I also saw a doe with twins far down the road, so apparently the little mammals of mass destruction are popping out all over the place.
Yesterday, I tubed the Ichetucknee River with the kids and some of their friends. It was windy and threatened to rain, but we floated without getting wet.
"Rain wet" that is ... the river was wet of course.
While we were lazily drifting down the clear river through a forest of massive cypress trees, a big dead tree deep in the woods cracked in the wind and fell to the swampy floor with a loud crash.
I guess that answers the age old question.
There was no one around it and we heard it just fine.