Sunday, May 26, 2013
I know its crazy, I don't care.
On my walks I have been watching the ditches, becasuse I know that this time there will be tadpoles appearing. I was lucky this year I got to watch the eggs, and check on them every day or so, depending on which way I walked. The eggs have hatched, and now there are little tadpoles swimming around in the ditch.
First I feel I must explain what my walking route looks like: I live on the top of the hill, if I start my walk going to the right I start walking down the bigger hill which is not as steep, as the grade on the hill on the right is more of a challange as it a shorter hill, but climbs quickly and steady. So today is Sunday so I walked to the right, last night it was to the left. Once I am down the big hill, I can walk about 10 mins and be at the lake, which feeds into these ditches where I see my tadpoles.
However this is big hill is not far in the distance and the run off that comes down the big hill also feeds into the frog pond, before it runs under the road and deep into the woods, to a second lake. I will have to take some pictures, I know its a little confusing. So basically the ditch has two currents traveling into it, one come from the right the other from the left. There is a small area where it appears that there is no flowing current which is where most of the tadpoles are.... however today on my walk I noticed that there were tadpoles in a section of the ditch I don't normally see them in.
After a moment it dawned on me, the current was stronger today because we got quite a bit of rain last night. So I walked a few steps backwards and I saw it: a tadpole being dragged down stream by the current. that poor tadpole was not the only one either, there were a few being dragged down stream. I could almost hear their thoughts when the managed to get behind a rock, or between them, "whew, I am safe here....ah dang it...." and this process went on. Until they were more then 10 feet from where they had started. There were a few brave souls trying to get back to where everyone else was still hanging out, but I don't think that they will have much luck.