Here are early Spring scenes of our pond taken on April 2nd 2002.
Click on most of these scenes to 'zoom' in on the pond.
Bigsnest Wildlife pond is ~24X19 feet with a varying depth of 4 inches - 3
The net is up to catch the tassels of the Black Oak tree.
This photo shows how the pond is situated just outside our kitchen (blue
This view shows how you step down from the patio to the beach and then to
the walkway that leads alongside the right side of the pond. Zoom in to get a
better perspective of how the log 'seems' to be holding back the water. This
varying edge treatment is part of our plan to make the pond appear more natural
and give it a more restive feeling.
Looking across the pond. The Azalea's reflection is always so pretty.
Our waterfall is powered by an underwater pump that recirculates the water.
It is on a timer so that sometimes we can enjoy the peace and serenity of a
quiet pond and reflections, but is on most of the time so that we can enjoy the
sound of moving water, the ripples and the masking of street noise. The falls is
composed of 3 boulders with one balanced on top of the other two. A 'skirt' of
black plastic filled with planting soil holds ferns to mask/soften the edges.
This is the pathway leading to the left of the falls. Zoom in to see the
driftwood the cuts across the external boundary of the pond, 'tricking' our
eyes by masking the pond's borderline, thus making it appear larger.
To the left of the falls we've planted ferns, horsetail and ginger in front
of a 4th boulder. The contrasts of the rounds of the ginger and rocks with the
strong up and downs of the horsetail and the softness of the ferns is very
We LOVE having the pond right outside the kitchen window. It has a way of
making us just relax, slow down and take it easy. Click on the picture for a
slightly different enlarged view. And click here to see the visitors seen through this very window 6 days later.
We'd like to encourage you to consider building a pond using native plants
as we have, with the intention of sharing it with wildlife. Please read our "The Pleasures of Wildlife Ponding article.
Thanks for your interest. Visit us again soon!