EPISODE 417 DROUGHT…2021…ADD DROUGHT TO THE LIST OF CATASTROPHES THIS YEAR
DROUGHT…THE BIG POND HAS NEARLY DRIED UP.
When mom inherited our farm in 1958 or 1959 there was a large pond in the centre….loaded with
all kinds of life forms from snakes to frogs to leeches…to sticklebacks to water spiders to bitterns
to all manner of ducks including a secretive cluster of wood ducks who still hang around unseen.
In subsequent years we increased the wetlands … Ron Saunders dug a deep pond extension where
Grandad got his best hay and then Ron used his back hoe to make a nice pond near where the barn
once stood then, even later, Jim Sanderson brought in his giant excavator to deepen one
of our most hidden swamps now a glorious shaded pool.
Glad we did that. Those new ponds are the only real deep wetlands this year. The drought of 2021 has
dried up the big pond. Now it has become a hideous hodge podge of dead tag alders and shrivelled
Lucky the new ponds…..i.e. ponds created in the last 50 years…are deep. The turtles have a place
to live… the big snapper we rescued a year ago…and the painted turtle that seemed to believe
cars and trucks would avoid him or her sitting in the centre of the fifth line and heading slowly for one of our
deep ponds. We hope our resident turtles greeted the new arrivals.
A bit depressing to look at the big pond today. But my depression was lifted when a wild momma
turkey appeared with her near grown cluster of progeny. They scattered and gobbled when they saw me.