It was just a month ago that Waverly Lake in Albany was covered — much of it anyway — with thick mats of algae or maybe something else like duckweed. On Wednesday, Oct. 13, almost all of that unsightly growth had disappeared.
This change was not at all unexpected. On the contrary, it happens just about every year
During the warm and dry months of summer, the pond water gets more and more tepid, and algae and other water plants take over.
As soon as it gets cooler and it starts raining again, the pond’s surface starts looking clearer. There’s still a lot of growth right below the surface, but at least the little lake looks a lot more like a lake instead of a swamp.
Why make a big deal about it? It’s not a big deal. It’s just what I happened to notice on a bike ride around town between showers one afternoon this week. (hh)