High Temperature: 96F Low Temperature: 73F Sunrise: 6:43 am Sunset: 8:19 pm Humidity: 47% Wind: s 12 mph Chance of Rain: 10%
Several times a day I squat down next to the tadpole's blue pool and peer into the deep green water. Often times I can't see much. During the high heat of the afternoon the remaining tadpoles stay at the bottom or hide in the shade of the rocks we set into the pool. Occasionally one will come up to the surface to take tiny sips of air before dashing back into the darkness.
It's only in the mornings and evenings that there is much activity. The tadpoles zip along the edges, tails undulating furiously. Then there are those tiny frogs that have recently made the transition. These sit either on the rocks or outside on top of the smooth, curved edge of the pool. Many of them still have a dappled bit of tail attached. There are two varieties: a moss green kind and one colored like a vibrant green gem.
But there is more going on here in this small world than tadpole development. There are several kinds of water bugs. Of course there are the accursed mosquito larvae. And there are visitors that don't live in the water, but come 'round to get a drink or to sun on the rocks. Today as I sat watching, a beautiful light blue damselfly came in for a quick draught. A very ugly-looking large wasp floated on some debris - at first I thought it had drowned - tanking up no doubt to moisten the mud with which it incubates its young and entombs their first meal (a comatose spider). A small orange and black butterfly sat high on one of the rocks, lazily opening and closing its wings.
I will miss this busy ecosystem. At some point we will have to close up shop, though. But there is next spring and next summer to look forward to being witness to this other world, to new life cycles.