Monday, October 02, 2006

Lily Pads

It's true. Frogs do sit on lily pads. The proof is right here in our fish pond.

Phill seeded the pond about five years ago with tadpoles he found at a pet shop. Two of the three tadpoles survived well into adulthood.

We had hoped to have the pond hopping with frogs or at least toads around the yard, but it was not to be. The first May of the pond's existence revealed hundreds of tadpoles that gleefully ate the algae in the pond. Some of the tadpoles became lunch for the five fish in the pond. Then those fish became fruitful and multiplied. Tadpoles were no more. Instead, we have five generations of fish in the pond. We estimate that there are 30-40 fish now. Maybe that is what the red shouldered hawk is eating.


Trixie said...

Cute. It's like you are Mother Nature!

Genevieve said...

This reminds me of the song we had on a little red 78-rpm record when I was a child -- "Little White Duck" (catchy title, hmmm?!)

The second verse goes like this:

There's a little green frog swimming in the water,
A little green frog doing what he oughter.
He jumped right off of the lily pad
that the little duck bit and he said "I'm glad
I'm a little green frog swimming in the water.
Ribbit! Ribbit! Ribbit!"

Sarabeth said...

Genevieve, that was the song in my head when I spotted the frog on the lily pad. The version of the song we had was sung by Burl Ives.