The ponds in this parkland border country usually hold onto their water better than their counterparts on the plains mostly because, I think, the hills hold groundwater better than the flats. But this dry summer has taken it’s toll and the ponds I’d visited here back in late July were mostly mud.
A few, though, were still wet and, along with an assortment of teal, gadwall and coots, they hosted bright green blooms of duckweed.
Duckweed is a tiny plant with pinhead-sized leaves that grows in profusion on most of the sloughs in the parkland country. It’s a pretty little plant that spends its summertime growing season just floating on the surface of its pond, soaking up the sun as its microscopic roots suck nutrients from the water. Ducks love it, bugs love it, I, as a photographer, love it.