As a biologist and nature-lover I enjoy observing and photographing animals in the wild. Since I don’t have time for a trip into nature every day I’ve brought a piece of nature home to me. In my apartment I have an aquarium and in my garden there’s a pond!
Unlike the aquarium, peopled only by creatures I put in, the pond is full of surprises and the new organisms just keep on coming. New dragonfly species, new plants, and sometimes even new fish, which weren’t secretly added by my wife, they were "imported" through birds and fish spawn.
Now I'm not the sort of person who goes to the pond to relax and do nothing. I find it really exciting to observe the change of seasons at the pond. Plants come and go, frogs come, croak, and go. Suddenly newts are there! Then the fish have fry. If I’m in the mood I can tweak things a bit, build a babbling watercourse, remove some mud, feed the fish, something like that. Or the edge of the pond with its visible liner will start to bother me, I’ll have an idea how to hide the foil better.
The pond actually means I spend more time in the garden than I used to - and I like that. Luckily, it’s fairly low-maintenance. Hamsters needs 50 times as much attention. Now and then I don’t have the time to observe my biotope in the garden as I’d like. But a pond never gets boring!
You can find everything about ponds in our Themeworld: Vijver