Category Archives: Ponds

Where do Bullfrogs Go in Winter?

The American Bullfrog and his various amphibious friends are some of the great unexpected pleasures of pond ownership. The question many pond owners find themselves wondering, though, is where they go in winter, and how they survive the freezing cold. Frogs are true cold-blooded animals, unable to internally unable to regulate their body temperature. Generally, when they’re cold they seek Continue Reading...

Is My Koi Pregnant?

Well, this time of year, it’s definitely possible. Spring is when koi generally spawn. I’ve written before about how to determine the sex of your koi as well as how to get your koi to spawn, but how do you decide if your koi have decided to get spawny without your intervention? Well, first off, it’s worth noting that a Continue Reading...

Pond Snails: Good for Your Pond?

Pond snails can be a beautiful addition to your pond’s ecosystem. Pond snails can be a fun & interesting addition to your pond’s ecosystem. In very large ponds, snails can even be necessary to create a balanced, natural ecosystem. I’m very fond of snails, certainly. However, I do think that how much snails improve the health and clarity of the Continue Reading...

Springtime Water Changes

I’m a big advocate of small, regular partial water changes in a pond. It’s one of the best ways to keep pollutants from building up in your pond’s system. I’ve talked before about how, when, and why to do partial water changes, but I didn’t mention the Springtime water change that I recommend for most pond owners. The spring ritual Continue Reading...

Lotus on Black and White

This week’s free desktop wallpaper is a photo that I’ve always loved. On a whim, I decided to do a vastly different version with the same data, removing the color from all but the petals. It’s an effect that comes and goes in popularity, usually called selective black and white, but it’s one that has always made me smile. One Continue Reading...

Why the Lotus Flower is So Important

“Padma” is the Sanskrit word for the Lotus plant, which is also called the Sacred Lotus or Indian Lotus. The Lotus Temple in Delhi is the Mother Temple of the Bahá’í faith in India and draws as many as 150,000 visitors in a day. Image copyright Jeremy Vandel. The lotus flower, Nelumbo nucifera, occupies a huge space in the minds Continue Reading...

Facebook Cover Photos

For people like me, who work with photos on the internet all day, it’s easy to forget that a lot of what I do isn’t quite as easy as it seems to us. I was recently asked by a friend how to make a Facebook cover photo (the wide picture at the top of your Facebook profile) that looks like Continue Reading...

The Importance of Choosing the Right Pond Net

I have a terrible confession to make. I’m not proud, but here it goes: I’ve been using the wrong pond net. For years. For more than a decade. Just completely wrong. My pond is directly beneath a beautiful oak tree, and I’ve been using a net that isn’t fine enough to stop acorns. Why have I been committing this travesty Continue Reading...

Water Lily ‘Lindsey Woods’ Wallpaper

This week’s free water garden wallpaper is another shot from a recent trip out to our partner nursery. It features the amazing water lily ‘Lindsey Woods.’ I love getting shots like this one, with simple composition and a relatively narrow depth of field that lets the bloom itself be the absolute star of the photo. With composition like this, it Continue Reading...

Getting your Pond Fish Ready for Winter

The steps that you’ll need to take to keep your pond fish healthy in winter will vary some depending on a lot of factors: the size and depth of your pond, the equipment you use, what kind of fish you have and, most of all, how cold it gets where your pond is. There are a few rules, though, that Continue Reading...
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