This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sounds of Spring

The seasonal pond next east of Weston Cemetery is alive with life. Not only are there are a lot of toads trying to spawn a new generation of their kind, but there are also fish (carp?) spawning. (The fish got into the pond when the river flooded.) Sometimes the efforts lead to a new generation, and sometimes the pond dries up and thousands of critters die. (The herons and raccoons do very well when it dries up.)

On a couple of April Saturdays I took some video with my digital camera and edited it to give you some sounds and sights of spring

Below is a picture of what the pond can look like the day before it is completely dry. Usually the pond produces tiny toads and sometimes small frogs, but one year it was full of salamanders, and I think that is what is in this picture.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I loved the sights and sounds. Thank you for taking the time to record this temporary pond. The fish were frisky.

Ivy and Haley said...

The salamanders are a fantastic photo. It looks really interesting.

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30-year refugee said...

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