Tiny Bubbles

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© May Lattanzio
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I went across the street today after I fed Crip (you're all familiar with my Muscovy semi-wild duck, aren't you?)

I had seen bass among the bream darting in and snatching the kibble I give him. Went back across the street to get my bream rod and the worms sitting on the washing machine, grabbed my hat with the fishhook on it and decided to catch some fish for tomorrow night's dinner. Caught a tiny little bream to small to keep. Caught the second, twice as big, but it looked so sad in the bucket I threw it over the dock to freedom. No. 3 broke my line by taking it into the weeds and waterlilies close to the bank. I saw the float, fluorescent green, and decided to wade in and get it. To my surprise and delight, I also saw this. This shiny, gelatinous mass of dotted bubbles, that formed a mat between these blades of grass, will be tadpoles! One to an egg, anchored safely in a loose circle of grass. If you put this up in the lightbox, you may be able to see very clearly on the vegetation, the embryonic dots in the bubbles. I have lived here since 1989 and I've kayaked on this creek, taken photos on this canal. I've seen amazing things. But I never saw this, and I am marveling at it still, as I type. I've seen the eggs of Spadefoot toads in a swimming pool, which I wrote about in my book, "Waltz on the Wild Side - An Animal Lover's Journal", but never frogs. I love frogs. My neighbors came to visit with me last night as I fished, and just before they came, I heard a frog close by. It was grunting much like a small alligator, but added a grinding of teeth sound to it. I know! Frogs don't have teeth. Maybe this was the female ready to release her eggs. I'll never know.

4 responses

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (29 Apr 2018):

    Great shot, great narrative!

  • teresa B

    teresa B   gave props (30 Apr 2018):

    Very cool! I thought those were tadpoles/frog eggs! Love your story telling about your adventures and photo!

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (10 May 2018):

    Today I noticed tiny tadpoles swimming a little, then resting against a waterlily leaf. Blessed day to see them alive.

  • Kathy Sumter-Haman

    Kathy Sumter-Haman gave props (28 May 2018):

    Well done !

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