It's been really cloudy and rather cool lately, so I haven't been feeding the koi as much and the light isn't good for photos. I promise I'm working on introducing my individual koi to you guys. For now, I'll show you some of the visitors that have popped in and out (literally in some cases) during years passed.
This is a little pickerel frog that I managed to catch on film one day back in 2008. I've seen (and heard) frogs at my pond every year, but this is the only one I've gotten a picture of. I hear them jump when I startle them, so I can only guess they are the same species as this little guy.
Another common visitor to my pond are the dragonflies. They are just too crazy fast to get them in flight, but this one decided to stop and rest for a while one day while I was out there with my camera. That second picture isn't him trying to dance; he is trying to reduce the amount of surface area that the sun light directly hits. It's a cooling technique.
I found this little box turtle one day when I went out to feed the koi. He didn't move much so I had a chance to feed the koi, run back to the house, grab my camera, get back outside, and take a picture of him. I've seen a lot of box turtles in my backyard through the years.
No clue what kind of caterpillar this little guy is, but he sat with me when I fed the koi one day last summer. I had to use the flash because the light was just too dim. That's my knee in the second picture; he was a pretty big little guy.
I have seen larval salamanders in my pond for years, but never the adults until last fall. I was cleaning out the pond and getting ready to put up the net when this little guy popped out from under a rock. He's a southern two-lined salamander.
I also see deer, cats, squirrels, and all kinds of birds out there. This year I've spotted a woodpecker on the trees around the pond. Of course the only times I've seen him are when I don't have my camera, but I will get a shot of him by the end of the summer!