I WAS AS QUIET as I could be when approaching the ducks sunning themselves along the edge of the revitalized pond at Southmere Village Park in South Surrey. They floated away as I inched forward with my camera.
People are asked to not feed the wildlife. Not expecting or needing food from humans, these self-sufficient creatures are quick to turn their backs on the folks passing by.
The park hums with life after a long dry spell that resulted from the draining and rebuilding of two manmade ponds because of contaminated water. I wrote about it in an earlier post on my other blog.
It was good to see the ponds thrive again and provide a sanctuary for the birds that call this place home, even though people prefer to do without the inevitable droppings that litter the bordering walkways.
Watery views and reflections make a pretty picture out the windows of the surrounding homes. The relaxing scenes offer a nice escape from the busy road nearby but the ponds also serve a more practical purpose.
This patch of calm in the city detains the overflow of rainwater from the street, provides a safe haven for nesting wildlife and nurtures a flower garden in the park that is a visual treat.
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