I have been spending my free time enjoying the natural wonders in our small pond. Each year we stock the water feature with fish, but this year was different. We decided to let the pond have a more natural overgrown appearance. The pond lilies look wonderful, since they have kicked into high growth this year. While the fish are still enjoying themselves in the indoor tank, the little critters in nature were allowed to take over the pond.
There were days and nights when the visiting frogs were so loud! It was the meet and greet spot and apparently a little bit more... Since there weren't any fish to spoil their activities, it wasn't long before the pond was filled with tadpoles. It was so exciting to watch them get their little feet. I haven't observed this phenomenon for years. :)
They love to munch on the algae surrounding the lily pads.
Here is one of the little guys that already has his legs and is a fully developed frog. He is still sporting a tail... The last remnant of his early aquatic life. *sigh*
While watching the bugs skate on the surface of the water, I had an unexpected visitor swim up to check out the action... A snapping turtle who had made a very long journey to our pond. He has been named Gary T. Snapper and is the self professed King of the pond. It is so much fun watching him swim between the lilies and sun himself. I've spent many a moment pondering how he made the journey to this small obscure pond. He has definitely earned the right to claim this water as his home. :)