High Temperature: 93F
Several more tadpoles have made the transition to frogs and from there - sitting at the edge of the blue pool, looking towards the unknown and away from the relative safety of the murky green water and its siblings and companions - they have made the leap into the lush and promising (yet forbidding) grass. Their world has expanded exponentially. If frogs feel, perhaps the sight impresses them in the same way as one who from his tiny open boat sees the flat, steel-colored and shoreless ocean: emptiness and uncertainty from every vantage point.
No doubt my own mood of pessimism, fear, and uncertainty as to our own futures as free Americans unfairly colors these tiny innocents. I will imagine them instead leaping, with joy in their tiny hearts, to new adventures and experiences in this beautiful, verdant land that surrounds them like a vast emerald sea.
Critter update: More transitions. Eleven Black Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars have vacated the dill, presumably to other locations to carry out the next stage of their lives. One chrysalis, however, is attached to the now very bare dill plant. We look forward to following its progress!