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Pond on the Corner

"There are three different types of algae commonly found in farm ponds and small lakes: planktonic, filamentous, and macroalgae.

"Planktonic algae are the microscopic, single-celled, and free-floating algae that exist in the top few feet of a pond or lake where the sunlight penetrates. This type of algae is what gives the water a green coloration. Planktonic algae are normal and are in fact desirable, because they are essential to the pondís food chain. Planktonic algae provide food for the microscopic animals (zooplankton) that are eaten by minnows, baitfish, and other pond inhabitants, which ultimately support a larger fish population. Planktonic algae are the kinds of algae pond owners actually WANT and the fish NEED!" There must be fish in the pond.


Before this became a suburban homeowner's private pond, it originally was the local fishing hole for country folk living in the area. So, I would guess that this green is "good" planktonic algae. "No Fishing" signs are now posted along the main road on one side of the pond. A heron also routinely fishes here.

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Jola Dziubinska28-Jul-2022 21:44
Cool green tones. V.
Mieke WA Minkjan06-Jul-2022 13:09
I think that all that algae is not good for a healthy water
like the green in the photo V
larose forest photos05-Jul-2022 19:45
A beautiful shot, the green algae adds such a pretty colour to the water, the ducks are what make the image. V
Ray :)03-Jul-2022 19:35
Strangely attractive!
carol j. phipps03-Jul-2022 16:36
Wow! That is the thickest algae I've ever seen in one lake or pond. V
joseantonio03-Jul-2022 03:27
lovely light and colors.V.
LynnH03-Jul-2022 03:02
Some blooms are caused by too much fertilizer in the rain run-off. The ducks don't seem to mind all the muck here. Looks peaceful. V