Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Heron Heaven, Frog Hell
The relentless drought has put an end to that fun now and the shallow pool has shrunk to a muddy sump about the size of one of those bright blue kiddie pools out in front of Walmart. A thin sheen of water rides atop the mud waiting to get airborne.
The frogs (and there are a blue million of them down there) are not aware of the seriousness of their situation. They are not doomed, but surely some will not make it if the pond dries completely.
Already the little blue heron is reducing their numbers as the shrinking mud puddle concentrates the targets. The frogs have posted sentries like the fellow below to sound the alarm when the long legged death arrives.
By this evening, the puddle ... and the frog population will be just a little smaller.
Posted by R.Powers at 6:16 AM