AN OUTDOOR INTERLUDE – CARIBBEAN BLUE
Springtime in the Far North – finally – and with it comes some annual chores:
Kind of a messy overview of my annual spring task, which is to add some kind of blue dye to the water to prevent an overgrowth of algae — which uses up the oxygen that the fish need. The dye prevents some of the sunlight from penetrating the water, thus preventing the overgrowth growth of plants that shouldn’t be there.
I always worry about putting the dye into the home of the goldfish. I know it mixes in after a while, and dilutes itself, but I didn’t want to dump the dye onto the goldfish. Little critters saw me at the edge of the pond and kept following me, though.
It takes a while for the dye to spread out into the pond. That’s not “sky,” that’s just the reflection of the trees in the different colors.
But then the pond becomes a beautiful blue in the sunlight:
Blotchy blue at first, then a nice Caribbean blue:
Blue + gold = green? Every year I fear I’m going to change the color of the goldfish. But it never happens. They just swim around looking like exotic tropical fish in their newly “decorated” habitat:
They’re doing fine.
And thanks also for this backyard pond which produces a sense of natural serenity for us here.
I’m the caretaker; the pond can be a lot of work, but I don’t mind.