An Immovable Object: the unpruned and fast-growing purple robe locust in the corner of my neighbor's yard. (The green tree on the upper right, just above the orange roses. The one that's shading Lilypad Pond.)
Meets an Irresistable Force: a mini-typhoon roaring through the neighborhood.
Result: Let There Be Light (hot afternoon sunshine on the pond).
The Silver Lining: the water should warm up quickly which will benefit the waterlilies. I think the Loan Shark and Nemo (my goldfish) will like warmer water too. Plus I won't have to skim the pond twice a day next Spring for purple flowers that have fallen in. Oh, and I won't have to clean up leaf litter before it sinks into the pond this fall. Darn.