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Living On A Pond

Updated on February 6, 2017
View of Beach Pond, Voluntown, Connecticut
View of Beach Pond, Voluntown, Connecticut | Source

What Is Like To Live On A Pond?

I always longed to live on the water. There is something about the sound of the surf and the smell of salt water that is so soothing.

Well as Oprah always says, "be careful how you throw things out to the universe". So my wish to live on the water was not specific enough, through a series of events I wound up living on fresh water pond. It is not what I had my mind set on in my dreams, but the pond is beautiful and relaxing.

The opportunity for watching birds, butterflies and small mammals is full of joy. We sometimes stand on our dock and just watch the fish swimming around; it is far better than watching fish in an aquarium.

The view changes with the seasons and there are surprises -- wildlife sightings. Surprises are good. They keep life interesting.

The Introduction Photo Is The Typical View

Pretty much through spring, summer and early fall, the view is green as shown in the intro photo.

As you will see the view changes depending on time of day and season.

Check Out The View At Different Times Of Day And Year

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Sunset in winter with no leaves on trees.Overcast in winter.Clear morning in summer with tree dense with leaves.Pond at sunset in summerPond in AutumnSnow
Sunset in winter with no leaves on trees.
Sunset in winter with no leaves on trees. | Source
Overcast in winter.
Overcast in winter. | Source
Clear morning in summer with tree dense with leaves.
Clear morning in summer with tree dense with leaves. | Source
Pond at sunset in summer
Pond at sunset in summer | Source
Pond in Autumn
Pond in Autumn | Source
Snow | Source

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Bald Eagle Sighting - Eye Like An Eagle

American Bald Eagle
American Bald Eagle | Source

Early on, when we first lived in this house, we were out on our deck. All of a sudden this giant bird flew toward us. It looked as if he was coming right at us, but he soared upward over the house.

As he got closer, we saw the white head and bright golden beak and realized it was a bald eagle.

In Connecticut, the bald eagle was near extinction for many years. A while back we became aware that they were coming back in the Connecticut River valley. We don't live near the Connecticut River valley so we were really surprised.

Since the first appearance, we have seen the eagle quite often. We were watching the eagle circle around once, and all of a sudden he dove so fast, hit the water with his feet and rose up with a large fish in his talons. It was absolutely amazing. He was so far up that it was hard to fathom that he saw the fish from that height.

River-otters | Source

We Saw A River Otter -- Once

Only once have we seen a river otter swimming by on his back.

So exciting to see this animal up close and personal. Supposedly they are shy, however, he was swimming close to shore and did not seem to have a care in the world.

As our otter visited only once, I have not been able to capture a picture of him. The photo shown is a public domain photo.

crayfish-pond | Source

Our Crayfish Experience

Not Surprising As Otters Eat Crayfish

There is a large rock. partially submerged in the water, behind our property. In order to keep boaters and jet skiers from hitting the rock, we mark it.

The best way to mark is to use an empty bleach bottle. We string a rope through the handle of the bleach bottle and attach the other end to a cinder block. We sink the cinder block and the bleach bottle floats above the water.

In the winter, we have to take the bottle in as the breaking ice flows would carry the bottle and our cinder block away.

A few years ago, when we pulled the cinder block up, there was a crayfish in the hole of the cinder block. It looks exactly like a small lobster only much darker. The crayfish was about 9 inches long.

Our Cormorant Sightings - Our cormorant story

cormorant | Source

We see cormorants often. Usually they sit on the docks and dry themselves out.

Once, when lake living was new to me, I looked out and saw a bird being constantly "pulled under" the water. The poor bird would stay under water for a long time and then bob up momentarily. Thinking bird was entangled in a nylon fishing line or a discarded plastic bag. I was ready to take our boat out and rescue the bird. It was then that it flew away.

Later, I realized when a cormorant fishes it dives way down and stays under water. This is typical behavior and the cormorant has the capacity to stay under water a long time.

Goose Families - A Welcome Sight in Spring

Several Families of Geese
Several Families of Geese | Source

We love to see the families of geese with new fuzzy babies in the Spring.

The photo shows the typical way the geese travel year after year. There always seems to be a cluster of several families together. There will always be an adult at the front and one at the rear, with the babies sheltered in between. We assume this is for protection.

This photo was taken in early June and this was my first sighting of them this year. Usually, they seem to appear when the little ones are not much bigger than a baby chick.

Full Moon Over the Pond - It's Beautiful And Spooky At The Same Time.

Full Moon Over Beach Pond
Full Moon Over Beach Pond | Source

I took this photo of the full moon on a clear night. It was taken from the same vantage point as the intro photo.

By the way, it was taken as I stood at home in Connecticut. If you look through the trees, and to the right, one the opposite shore, you are looking at Rhode Island.

Speaking of spooky............ the noise from the lake

My first winter here, I was trying to sleep and I kept hearing this moaning noise. I'd hear it, then it would stop. It sounded like the sound effects used in movies for an old haunted house.

Could it be some sort of engine that was broken and grinding? Could it be someone scraping a snowplow blade? But it was coming from the lake. Could it be an animal? I sounded much deeper than a cow mooing.

I'd jump out of bed and look out at the lake and see nothing and the noise would stop.

There are also beautiful wild flowers growing along the waters edge.

These plants are partially in the water, and receive more water when the boats going by create waves.

I took these photos, but have not been able to identify these flowers, can you?

Yellow Shore Flowers

Yellow Shore Flowers
Yellow Shore Flowers | Source

Purple Shore Flower

Purple Shore Flower
Purple Shore Flower | Source

Pinkish Shore Flowers

Pinkish Shore Flowers
Pinkish Shore Flowers | Source

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    • BritFlorida profile image

      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I live on the water too - by a lovely canal. I love it.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      A really great lens. I'll share a quick story. I built a pond on the property where we raised our children. We had a year round creek running thru the property and I obtained permission to dam it up long enough to fill my pond. needless to say, that with the rain in the Pacific Northwest, the pond was full year round, but it created a small habitat. I had it stocked with trout and Blue Herons came around to fish in the pond. Racoons came down to wash and clean themselves, all manner of waterfowl used the lake as a sanctuary, deer and elk drank from it's waters. It became a great place for my kids to study and learn nature, right in their own yard so to speak. Thanks for a fun lens.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      Wonderful lens - my sister-in-law's place overlooks a pond and it is so wonderful to visit her and enjoy the view. It is so soothing!

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      Kalafina 4 years ago

      I live on a lake so when I get up for breakfast I have a floor to ceiling window view to start my day. Actually most people (even restaurants) around here are on or within lake view. I love your first photo and this lens was so much fun. Glad you are here on squidoo!

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      You live in a beautiful place, and are so lucky to see so much wildlife. :-)

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      What a beautiful view you have! I would love to live by either fresh or salt water.

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      Senditondown 4 years ago from US

      Sounds like a good place to be. I always wanted a place that had a pond on it.

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      I enjoyed your beautiful photos. Blessed!

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Now this is relaxing. Lovely photos. If we would enjoy what surrounds us we would be much calmer. Thanks for sharing.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I'm moving in with you!!! LOL. Lovely, Lovely Lens!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I love lenses like this - so personal and yet something other people can relate to. Thanks for sharing a piece of your life. Blessed!

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      theallin1writer 5 years ago

      Lovely lens!

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      krior76 5 years ago

      Nice very beautiful place. So peaceful

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      You live in a beautiful place

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      How lovely. You are so observant and bring the peace of nature along with your lovely pictures.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      living near a waterfront , great experience. you can enjoy a beautiful and calm neighborhood, and living in a waterfront home will feel like youâre taking a nice vacation each and every day!

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens and very nice, refreshing enclosed photos.

      If only we could leave in a place of our dreams... perhaps so many other thing could be different in our life...

      Thumbs up for your idea and thanks for sharing!

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Boston

      What a beautiful spot. I'd love to live on the water.

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      Annbulance2000 5 years ago

      You can feel the freedom of just walking in a beautiful place, in your pctures and writing.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Deadicated LM: I kind of miss Morris Park. Everything within walking distance and can catch a bus to a train to anywhere.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Proud to be your 100th Squid Like; sounds like a beautiful place (sure beats Morris Park, lol).

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      classifiedshi 5 years ago

      thanks informative stuff

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Quite a wonderful lens - thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      You're near both fresh and salt water. So you have the best of both. Congratulations on this lens. It's beautiful.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      BTW, I love your Lady of the Lake choice!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think your in heaven and I'm a little envious of you right now.....I'm dreaming in this direction....oh so blessed!

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings. I think a fresh water pond was just what you needed.

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      Linda F Correa 5 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Interesting lens

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      A very interesting lens!

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      Heroear 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      Heroear 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      HhaosThorngage 5 years ago

      Wow, so envious, I would love to live somewhere that beautiful and see that view every day of my life.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @randomthings lm: Oddly, we don't have much large wildlife. Our theory is that since we are surrounded by 28,000 of state forests, that the animals are deep in the forests and don't come into the populated areas.

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I envy you for living in such a beautiful place! Congrats on your well deserved Purple Star.

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      dc64 lm 5 years ago

      I am also one of the ones fortunate enough to live near the water. I like on a lake and near a small pond my father dug to stock with specific fish. The noises out here in the woods are interesting to say the least, and there is plenty of wildlife. We are lucky people.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      You are very fortunate to live on the water. I am happy for you. i LOVE the water, too. Two winters ago, I saw a fox running down the middle of the frozen Mississippi River. It was cute. AND about 12 deer playing on the frozen river. Those are special times.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I always have a dream that one day I could stay near a crystal clear lake, where I can swim and fishing any time I like.

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      curtmaxwall 5 years ago

      amazing place to have a home ...I would love to live nearby a are very lucky..great lens....

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Wow, beautiful. I'm jealous.

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      JuserTM 5 years ago

      Very nice lens, great job! Thumbs up!

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      ritu12 lm 5 years ago

      I would love to live nearby a pond..

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      A superb place to live!

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      OCDiscusFish 5 years ago

      i like ponds!

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      jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      a fantastic lenses

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      nickybutler 5 years ago

      What a fascinating place to live - thanks for a great read :)

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful place to live! Congrats on the purple lens, well deserved.

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      Seeing the otter must have been so exciting! They're such adorable creatures. It looks like you really have an idyllic home.

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      LaurisB LM 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos. I've always wanted to live on the water.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Love the photos. Congrats on the purple star!

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      Tagarack 5 years ago

      Beautiful place and very peaceful, versus the urban place I live now. I would love to live there as I love nature. Wonderful lens, can see why it won!

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      Wonderful photos and writing. Blessed.

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      I loved your lens. We used to live right by the beach and I miss the sounds of the water :-)

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      I prefer the look and feel of land that is by a lake (over the seashore).