The Birds are Back!

We added a pond to our backyard last spring. It’s not the typical in the ground pond. Instead, concrete was poured to form an L-shape right next to the house and the pond hugs the outside far corner of our living room space. The pond’s pump circulates the water from the upper pond to the lower pond through a small waterfall. As I sit inside, I hear the soothing water sound and see the shimmering light reflected onto the living room ceiling.

My husband, the architect, designed this and explains it as a biophilic design, which google explains to me is “an approach to architecture that seeks to connect building occupants more closely to nature creating a more productive and healthy built environment for people.” I know I just like sitting in my living room even more now thanks to the pond!

Yesterday, I noticed that the birds also like it! This week’s warmer weather caused my backyard to be more active. I especially enjoyed viewing these feathered creatures visit my pond. They fly to the ponds edge, lean over and dunk their beak into the water. As they busy themselves building their springtime nests, I’m glad they remembered where they can stop for a sip of water.

NOTE: As I looked through my photo gallery on my phone, I’m reminded of what I can look forward to come July as this will be the view from my pond:

5 thoughts on “The Birds are Back!

  1. Jackie Higgins says:

    I enjoyed reading about your morning with the wildlife. It sounds so relaxing! And I learned a new concept… biophilic design! I’ve never heard of that but it makes sense. Connections to nature do seem to make me healthier and happier so why not bring those closer to our living spaces? Love it!

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  2. JudyK /J Koval says:

    Ohmygosh, that is beautiful! What a unique pond! Your husband is a very smart man to be able to connect you with nature so well. I love your descriptions and your pictures. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 ~JudyK

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  3. Fran McCrackin says:

    So many lovely themes in this small piece. First, you make all us readers want one! I love the architectural philosophy you let us in on, and we see how your pond truly is a bridge between the house and the outdoors. I love that you can hear the water and see”the shimmering light reflected on the living room ceiling.” Beautiful detail.
    And the birds- I will remember the image you create of the bird, thirsty from nest yielding, remembering where it can dunk its beak for a good drink.
    The photos really add to your piece as well.


  4. mschiubookawrites says:

    Omg- how did I miss this post!? Thankfully you linked it to today’s so that I can see the artful way you and your husband connect with nature. Through your writing and pics, I too can “hear the soothing water sound and see the shimmering light reflected onto the living room ceiling.”


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