I have appointed myself Pond Keeper and Chronicler in Residence of Opperman's Pond located in Pleasantville, NY. I have a beautiful view of this little gem and noticed it doesn't always get the respect it deserves. Thank you and enjoy the chronicle if you can't get there in person. If you do visit; remember - please take out what you bring in or deposit it in the appropriate place.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
May 14: It was a foggy sunrise on the pond today. So I enjoyed my coffee and let the day unfold. OK. So much for that...time to go to the pond and see what's in store.
Seeing Fog through the Trees
I took the long walk to the pond with garbage bag and picker-upper in hand. The usual suspects were around - Fritos bags, Starbucks cups, White Owl wrappers, Gatorade bottles, Slurpee Big Gulp cups and Beef Jerky wrappers. Now, Opperman's Pond is in the suburbs. It's not as if this is "The Revenant" - so who eats beef jerky in the suburbs? I can see a Slim Jim - you got hungry after pumping your own gas. Jerky seems a little hardcore for a town named, Pleasantville. Now this was a big day in terms of trash. I actually found a trash can that was thrown down to the pond.
A Gift for the Pond Keeper
Since I always see the best in people, my guess is people felt bad for your Ol' Pond Keeper and left me a gift. Thank you! The pond was busy. A nice gent reading his book (yes, made of paper!), another person fishing and a man walking his dog named, Skippy. Pond Keeper had a smile and greeting for all which was met with suspicion and discomfort. I need to work on a less painful looking smile. Then Skippy and the man came running to me excited to show me a video he just took on the other side of the pond. It was of a fish at least 18 inches long with a dorsal fin and tail fin breaking the surface. Pond shark! I did not fish that day.