First Pond Swim of the Season

Saturday, June 1. Nearly 90 degrees. Humidity off the charts.

Off to Julie’s pond with a group of friends, a feast, a gaggle of kids.


Go through the gate, be sure to latch it. There are cows in this field that takes you to the pond. There is a bull.

Walk the tow path down the hill, passing the first small pond. Break a sweat.

The big pond comes into view. The kids are already in there splashing and doing what kids do.

First swim of the year, and June has only just begun.


129twigandvine—photography by Sue Schlabach


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Red leather boothreply
June 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm


June 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I love the heightening tension, the anticipation of relief when you can get into the cool waters of the pond. Nice writing. Simple and effective.

June 5, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Oh My… I am so jealous….. it is a little chilly here in Sydney as winter has begun!

June 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Sue — I love your photos and writing. Saturday brought my son’s bar mitzvah. The morning service was under a breezy tent with a hazy view of the West Brattleboro hills, but lunch was steamy and dinner was almost unbearable. I dunked in the cold water of the tub I just e-mailed you a photo of, but I needed your neighbor’s pond.

June 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I’ve only recently discovered your blog and I’m loving your photography. It’s a little bit chilly down here in Adelaide, South Australia (so no pond swimming:), although I don’t think we really know what cold is. It’s a beautiful winter’s day here 18°C with wild Pacific Black Ducks swimming happily in our pool 🙂 Cheers from Australia David

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
June 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm
– In reply to: crannaford

Thanks so much, David. Our brief heatwave is over and I’m wearing layers and shivering today. Hopefully we’ll get some summer back soon, but I think our idea of warm may be different from yours!

Midwestern Plant Girlreply
June 6, 2013 at 6:45 am

A dream of mine would be to have a spring-fed pond on a few acres of hobby farm…. Ah. 🙂
Thanks for dangling the carrot! It motivates me!

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
June 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm
– In reply to: Midwestern Plant Girl

I wish our little pond was nice enough to swim in. Luckily we have friends and neighbors with great ponds! Good luck with chasing that dream. You can do it.

Midwestern Plant Girlreply
June 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm
– In reply to: Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine


June 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

The photo of the girl jumping is just perfect. You really captured it well!

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
June 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm
– In reply to: Rebekah

Thanks! It took about 8 shots. A few only showed her splash…. She was happy to oblige and jump in over and over.

June 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

So jealous! The spring here in the UK has been wet and cold and we have not had any really hot summer days yet!

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
June 15, 2013 at 10:02 am
– In reply to: modflowers

After this post the weather turned to pouring rain and 55 degrees for over a week. That day seems like a dim memory! Luckily today the sun is out, but it’s still a little chilly. No pond swimming in the too near future.

June 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Beautiful photographs!

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
June 21, 2013 at 6:24 am
– In reply to: moderndaycamper

Thanks. On a day like that it’s hard to get a bad shot! Take care, Sue

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