My stint with ponding began about a decade ago.... there is a long story which I'll not write here at this time. But this is my second pond. First and smaller one had to be surrendered in the other half of the property/plot during division [between two brothers]. The experience in that one did not allow me to forego another one in what became 'my half' [part] of the property. I did this in 2009 and continue to enjoy. This is a natural pond. I do not add any fertilizer, I do not have a pump, I have some little fish - some are guppies [to take care of mosquito larvae, just in case], there is insect life. I just top up the water when it gets low quickly esp. in summer. But there is a need to replace the liner as roots have pierced the sides and some water is leaking out slowly and so far, it has been holding up okay. So I'm postponing it as it involves a lot of work. Here are some photos: Pic was taken in Nov 2014 when the pink lily was up. I did this when I wanted a good close macro shot. It was a little adventure! You can see my stone bench [where I sip coffee and also breakfast] at the back. I got a few more shots like this one. There are better ones hiding in other folders. Toads love this place as well - they lay eggs, croak at night and present an eerie feeling. Pond skaters abound - they say that the pond is good when they are here. This is the other lily which is at this time dormant I guess, but it made a great surprise show after being underwater without a sign for 3 years. It was in Nov. last.