Rambling across the prairies one can find small pot holes with water. They are spring fed or part of a small underground stream. Where the spring is on an escarpment there are dams to hold the water. Most are small and for livestock but the wildlife love them also.
The ducks like these small pools and float on the water in rrelaxation and safety.
At the end is a field of cattails where one of springs flows in.
Shade trees sit on the banks to offer some respite and sancturary
Trees guard the high side and offer some shade for the one who want to sit and enjoy
There is a flycatcher floating across the pic snarfing up flies.
The weeds will be food for the foragers who roam the banks.
The other neat thing about the little ponds is the photo ops. Water has a character of its own and it changes as the time of day moves with the sun.
shadow move, reflections shift, weeds curl, trees frame and nature paints the pallette.