This is the small pond in my backyard. I only meant to take a picture showing the piece of 1×8 pine board that I’d sawed out to direct water from the downspout to the pond, a piece that looked too bright and artificial initially, but that I knew would quickly fade and soften to a natural look. But a lucky capture of the reflections of clouds and branches made for a prettier photo than I’d planned.
The pond is an old kidney-shaped concrete pond that had cracked and broken many years ago and been filled in. I dug it up and put a liner in it. The rocks you see around the edges extend all the way around, and all of them came from within the pond itself, which made digging it out its own little piece of hell. But between the rocks and the plants that surround and hang down over them, the pond has developed a very naturalized look. It’s a very small piece of paradise, but it’s a piece of paradise, nonetheless.