Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A turtle for Lin

Lin has been sharing with us the coming back to life of her pond. She loves her pond creatures, and it seems that the frogs hold a special spot in her heart. Yesterday, she schooled us in determination of frog gender. Lesson received, and yet not one that will frequently be applied, I suspect.

We have a very nice pond on the premises, probably sixty meters long by seven to fourteen meters in width. I thought to walk over and see if I could capture a frog for Lin. With the camera, of course. I don't even want to think about shipping and handling, particularly handling, of frogs.

While the pond is teeming with life, I did not see any frogs. There were seventeen jumpy whistling ducks, all of which jumped into the air at my approach and sped off to other parts. There were lots of turtles, which may account for the paucity of frogs. So here is one of those turtles.

Since the turtle contributes very little to the "beauty" of this post, I decided to include this picture of tiny flowers. These surround the pond and one can scarce take a step without treading on them. But they spring back and continue to bloom in their places!

Isn't it often the case that in this life, wherever we are placed to blossom and bring beauty to the world, we are sometimes trod upon? So then we spring back and continue to fulfill the mission for which we were intended!


Shelly said...

We have a pond (also called tank) in one of the pastures that I jog by on my runs. Turns out there was a 7 ft. alligator in it. Not so many frogs there now, courtesy of the alligator.

I love those little flowers. We have them all over, too, but I don't know the name of them-

Lin said...

Thanks, Sharkey! I love turtles too! I always want to get one for the pond, but they are sort of a hassle in a backyard pond: a) because they eat your lilies that you pay a fortune for b)they wander off and c) I'd have to bring him in for the winter because I don't have a mud bottom for him to bury in.

I especially like it when turtles stack on each other to sun themselves. For some reason, that makes me giggle.

vanilla said...

Shelly, I have observed several tanks in your region; but alligator? Yikes! Thanks for the heads up. I'll add that to my list of things to watch out for!

Lin, Sharkey is the naturalist, but vanilla sent you this one. Oh, heck, it's very early in the morning. Thank you for being here at all!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

That turtle is a master of camouflage. Nice pic

Lin said...

OMG! I am such an idiot! That's twice now I have done that on your blog. Arrrgh.

I'm sorry.

I can't believe you were finding me turtles, Vanilla!! Sharkey usually does that sorta stuff. What's with you and the nature post??

Criminy. I'm losing it. Big time.

vanilla said...

Shark, thanks. T was a very cooperative subject. He spotted me from about six meters out and swam directly over to pose for me.

Lin, sheesh; relax. We've all done that, or at least I have. See you tomorrow.