Setting Thesaurus Entry: Pond


leaves floating on water, lilly pads, water lillies, frogs, tadpoles, thrush, reeds, long grass, reeds, mud, algae, rocks, pebbles, willows, clover, moss, swirling water, air bubbles drifting up, water striders, snakes, weeds, wild flowers (dandelions, daisies, wild strawberries, clover blooms, bluebells, etc), deer drinking, rabbits, squirrels, beetles, dragonflies, butterflies, mosquitoes, spiders, turtles, toads, bullfrogs, broken branches, waterlogged sticks floating at the edges, minnows, birds, grasshoppers, leeches, snails, flies, ducks, geese, swans, bees, petals floating on the water


splashing, air bubbles popping, wings flapping birds trilling, frogs croaking, small animals in the underbrush, a doe lapping up water, squawking birds, the buzz and hum of insects, wind rustling the leaves of the nearby trees, crickets/grasshoppers rubbing their legs together, the shushing whisper of grass blades


algae/stagnant water, grass, wildflowers, wild mint, sweet clover, pine & spruce trees, wet earth, sunshine, decaying leaves, water slime


The dewy sweetness of a grass stalk shoot plucked from the ground, seasonal berries (Saskatoon's, strawberries, gooseberries, wild raspberries, blackberries), accidentally eating a bug while talking, rose hips


Cold water slipping over skin, mud squishing between toes, warn sun on the skin, soft grass or moss against the back, insects landing or crawling across skin, the bite of an insect, the slimy feel in the hand from a caught frog or tadpole, scratching in the mud with a twig, pulling up grass and ripping it apart, de-petalling a flower and tossing the silky petals into the water, tossing smooth or muddy rocks in the water, pulling a leech off the skin, clothes that stick to you as you pull them onto your wet body, blowing on a dandelion seed head, water seeping into boots, picking flowers, berry juice sticking to fingers and lips, placing a hand on a hot rock baking in the sun, sunburn, bug bites, grit under nails, washing mud off hands in the water, walking barefoot along a grassy bank

Helpful hints:

--The words you choose can convey atmosphere and mood.

Example 1:

Flinn and I sit on the lush bank, our poles dripping lines into the motionless water. The head of a bullfrog lifts briefly near a patch of duckweed, eying us curiously before dropping back down into the murk. Neither Flinn or I know if this pond has fish, but we do know that hidden here among the tall cedars and rustling poplar trees, dad and his list of dusty, grimy farm chores can't reach us.

Example 2:

I flop next to Maya on the bank, my dripping body nourishing the grass and nodding bluebells. She begins to hum--a soft, smooth tune that mingles with the flutter of dragonfly wings and droning bees. A smile on my lips, I close my eyes and let the rolling lullaby sing me to sleep as the sun pulls the cool from my skin.

--Similes and metaphors create strong imagery when used sparingly.

Example 1: (Simile)

My fingers skim the surface like water striders, creating ripples that carry my touch across the water.

Example 2: (Metaphor)

A breeze winnowed along the water's edge through trees and reeds and silky grass, filling the air with an exotic language of rustles, ticks and creaks.


Bish Denham said...

I love ponds and the worlds they contain in and around them. I could so easily see/hear/smell/taste and feel one by reading your descriptions.

Are cattails considered reeds?

PJ Hoover said...

LOL! I saw "deer drinking" and read it as "beer drinking" and I thought, okay, sure, one can drink beer by a pond.
The deer make much more sense :)

Danyelle said...

Great list--as always. And very helpful as I have a pond in one of my WIPS. Thanks again, ladies!

Marian said...

I'm not sure what's worse - the bugs you accidentally eat or the ones that "accidentally" fly up your nostril.

Good post. I feel as though I'm in a damp and duckweed-y place now. :)

Angela said...

Cattails! You know Bish--I was having a total brain fart on that word when I made up this entry, so thank you for supplying it!


Danyelle, thanks!

Marian, I have thankfully never had a bug go up my nose. I think I'd rather eat the unanticipated protein than feel it go up there--yikes!


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