Monday, November 12, 2012

habitat ~ 11/12/12 ~ Frog Pond Wetland Preserve

November 12, 2012

When we walked down the steps from the newly fortified roadside parking area and looked toward the pond, our jaws dropped.  We have never seen the Frog Pond practically dried up. This year's drought has seriously taken its toll on local ponds and streams.  The shallow puddles that were present, perhaps from the previous week's rains, looked fairly recent with healthy land plants poking out and cracked mud.  The last picture above is from the middle of the pond area looking back at the dock where I usually take pictures of the water for past habitat posts (click and scroll down to see other posts). We had enough rain by this date that fresh green grass was starting to show along the trails.


Imperfect and tense said...

Rainfall isn't shared out equally, is it? I guess that's the problem with extreme weather in a confined system, one person's deluge is another person's drought.

I can't see it changing until the frogs are allowed to vote.

John W. Wall said...

I wonder what all the changes would be if the year-round pond became more of a vernal pool.

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Graeme, equal distribution of many things in life seems to be the ultimate enigma.

John, I guess that could be possible with climate change. Development wiped out the network of ponds that the Frog Pond used to belong.

Happy Thanksgiving, guys (even though you don't celebrate it over there, Graeme).

Katie (Nature ID) said...

ps - Graeme, my latest ode sighting is now November 18!