Encountering Tadpoles

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There’s nothing that says you’ve had a childhood in the country like catching tadpoles. When I was a kid it was still common for teachers in Grade School ( Elementary School in some parts of the world) to lead children on a field trip to a pond or a large mud puddle to catch tadpoles and teach us about life sciences. Frogs and Toads start life as herbivores. They eat the algae that grows in the pond or in the case of tonight’s feature image the mud puddle. Contrary to popular belief not all species of tadpoles eat mosquitoes. Only the spadefoot toad and certain types of tree frogs eat mosquitoes. I suppose that means that if you bought bullfrogs or leopard frogs for your landscape pond and wondering why you still have mosquitos it’s because they are the wrong species.

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In order for the tadpoles to survive the water hole has to be stable. It takes about 12 weeks for them to be able to survive on dry land. The main reason why transplantation of tadpoles is discouraged today is because of the possibility of transplanting waterborne weeds and diseases with them. However, I have to question how the weeds and diseases survive in a puddle that might only last a few days.

Image Titled “Pollywog 52620a” showing the size as relevant to a U.S. quarter.

As I approached the mud puddle to get a better look at the tadpoles every pebble on the ground sprung to life! No bigger than a kernel of corn the pollywogs began running from the giant. I knew that if I wanted a closeup without squishing them all I’d need to get creative. So I tossed a quarter onto the ground and attached my long lens to the camera. I realized that the pollywogs were queuing on my shadow so I moved around a bit and used my shadow to drive this little guy close to the quarter without squishing his brothers and sisters.

Aside from eating pests frogs and toads are important to medical science. In full disclosure I only skimmed the article but Tadpoles are being studied to help organ transplant patients.

Decades ago a Russian scientist discovered that certain frogs have a substance called Magainin after the Hebrew word for shield. The substance was reported to be like kryptonite against bacteria, fungi and viruses. They even developed a topical ointment that helped heal diabetic ulcers however the FDA rejected the application because there was already a product on the market that worked. However, academics still keep the research alive so maybe one day we’ll have a choice in which medications we allow into our own bodies.

As I write this article I have a Gray Tree Frog singing outside my office window and I wonder if it’s the same one from last year. I’m not sure what kind of frog or toad these tadpoles will turn into. Just judging by the size I’m guessing that they are tree frogs. The puddle was on the fringe of woodlands and wetlands so they might be leopard frogs. Either way the encounter took me back in time 40 years when my brother and I would dip mason jars into a local pond or mud puddle and discovering that it was teaming with life.

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The Moment Of Living

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As the sun beams down on my little slice of Appalachia between two mountains I wander around the lawn just taking time to center myself. Almost two full months without any daily commute has left me rested but feeling a little constrained. I stood out next my Flame Azalea and closed my eyes to listen for what the wind might whisper of the outside world. The warblers and wrens are busy building and maintaining their nests. The little fly catchers that seem to nest on my downspout every year have a nest full of hungry babies. Further up the mountain a woodpecker is putting on a drum solo that would be the envy of any rock concert. I removed my shoes so that I could feel the cool earth beneath my feet. The ground is alive with unseen and wondrous things. Things that reach and grow and connect with all of God’s creation. The wind speeds up and plays with my hair for only a moment’s teasing as clouds begin to roll in. I can smell the ozone left behind by the lightning and a distinct thunder shakes a neighboring mountain. I opened my eyes to see the new spring leaves turn themselves in preparation for the rain.

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I caught the flash of the second lightning bolt and counted as 10 seconds passed by. The storm is 10 miles down river. The humid breeze shifts slightly wafting the sweetness of the Azalea my way. I have a few minutes of peace before the weather rolls in and I use the time to get lost in the sea of bloom on the little bush. Now fully open the Azalea is working as hard as it can to draw the pollinators in. Once it has reached this stage the flowers will fall away to make room for the lush green leaves.

The seasons are shorter than we’ve ever suspected and soon the storms will change the world again. I have learned that the time to appreciate life is always now. We have only this moment to live in there’s no time to mourn tomorrow’s loss without giving up today’s joy.

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The Swallowtail Yard Party, Memorial Day Weekend 2020

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The air is thick and steamy on my mountain today. After several days of rain the ground is saturated and the water pools in the low spots. The rain came before I could work the clippings from the lawn but out here in the country that’s no big deal. But if there’s any advantage it’s that the downed grass acts like a sponge and at the same time releases minerals and sugars into the water that. It holds back. That’s a perfect world at a perfect time for the local butterflies as they begintheir breeding season. The minerals and salts are important for their reproduction. It seems that the females can even detect which males are able to provide the most and best quality salt and he’s given preference above the others.

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The majority of the butterflies that gather are males. I did notice one female Pipevine while sorting through the photos. Judging by size of this gathering and knowing that in general the female butterflies outnumber the males it looks like the potential for a massive brood this year.

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The mix seems to be mostly Tiger Swallowtail, Pipevine Swallowtail and I confirmed at least one Spicebush Swallowtail all gathered in this one spot

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They are so interested in this particular puddle that they barely paid attention to me as I crept up on my hands and knees for the closer shots. I have been researching ways to keep them around for the summer and hopefully we have more photos soon.

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Umbrella Magnolia in Spring 2020

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I woke to sound of thunder that shakes the very mountains. Before I could pull back the blankets the roar of hard rain beating the roof overtook the echoes of the thunder. The creek that once giggled playfully as it raced by my home now growls as it rages through.

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The hard rain washed away my waking thoughts and I was lulled into a deep sleep.

Sometime later the mockingbird song urged me to awaken and step outside to refill the feeders. I have not trained these birds to set still for a portrait yet but they have certainly trained me to prepare their breakfast.

On my way out with a bottle of feed I happened to look towards my umbrella magnolia and notice that the flowers were starting to open.

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The leaves on this tree are nearly 2 feet long making them great for hiding under during a spring shower. Locally we call this a Cucumber Magnolia because of the shape of the fruit but it’s usefulness during a rain has lead to it also being called the Umbrella Magnolia.

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I have always thought that flowers resemble some exotic bird. They are beautiful when they’re in bloom and the colorful fruit is a wonderful accent to the lush greenery of my forest in the summer but in the fall they turn black and fall to ground. At this point they resemble scat and as kids we would try to convince each other that they were panther droppings scattered under the trees.

Between the lockdown and the rain I’ve found it a bit of a challenge to obtain a fresh photo for each day but my magnolia came through for me.it never seems to let me down.

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Even A Mountain Can’t Hold Back Time

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Traveling up the mountain in spring is almost equal to time travel. The higher elevations and solar angles seem to delay botanical spring by a few weeks. The Dogwood trees that are closer to my house have already begun to drop their bloom and leaf out. But the top of the mountain is another world. The highlands are an aesthetic echo in harmony with the bottomlands for a short time. By the time I arrived to my father’s land the sun was low in the sky and encroaching on the horizon. As the last rays of daytime sweep across the pasture and fall on the forest edge they illuminate the white flowers that grace the branches of one of the Dogwood trees. I noticed that centers were now more golden than green. And that small green leaves are beginning to adorn the branches and twigs. Even the mountains cannot hold back time forever. Eventually the season of warmth and growth comes and the early flowers fade to make room for the next progression. And what wonders will be wrought by season of the sun! Warm breezes and dancing lights in evening. Carefree days of soaking in the sun on the deck of a boat and ice cream brought to the window of a car. Long strolls around campgrounds and friends that only near while old Sol rules the sky. For in 1 month his days are equaled and the shadows await their own time.

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