7 (Not-So) Sacred Pools

I found this mysterious 2' blob of black rock deep in our forested backyard:

It looks like and chips like obsidian, but the most recent volcanic activity here in the East was 200 million years ago, and this rock is relatively fresh.

So seems likely it is man made, maybe left over slag from one of the famous Birmingham iron ore furnaces. But that still leaves a mystery of how it got into our forest, 200+ feet from the nearest road! Maybe aliens were involved.

I built some shelves with drip irrigation for my budding Bonsai hobby:

I’m having fun starting baby bonsais with both backyard and store bought plants:

I built another set of custom screens, so we now have screens on almost all our windows and sliders to allow for fresh air when Alabama allows it:

We got our first pond lily yesterday:

Helen has been populating the ponds with koi and goldfish. I setup a fish cam so we can watch them:

The male goldfish have this interesting bump on their heads:

Finally, I promised just one last pond, number 7!

I like to call them ‘The 7 not-so-sacred pools of Alabama’, our version of Maui’s Seven Sacred Pools :

Our pools come with their own set of happy shadow ghosts :)