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.