What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Taking it all in...




Last year, when we were given a monarch butterfly chrysalise (check out August 2006 archives for a gazzillion other monarch photos from that experience!), we (meaning: I) had SO much fun watching the whole process (okay. Corynn thought it was pretty neat too. The Panda couldn't have cared less...) that I am now on the constant LOOKOUT for opportunities to be first hand observers of all different life cycles. Sometimes these opportunities just fall in your lap, other times you have to work for them.

(If you look VERY closely-maybe even click for a larger view-you can see the frog 'face' forming...but the tadpole is STILL smaller than the head of a pencil eraser.)

Like, when we were at Greenwood Furnace: I had to catch these little suckers to bring 'em home so we could watch them transform into frogs. It wasn't all that hard though, in truth. It took just enough effort to scoop up the little guys. Polywogs, or tadpoles, though they appear to move fast because of their frantically beating tails, still have other things (like water), to contend with.

They made it through the journey home (even waiting patiently in a sweltering car until our family had eaten at a local diner) and were put, along with some mud and a few leaves (after all-HOW WOULD I KNOW what little polywogs need to survive?!?), in a small dish.



Unfortunately...as of yesterday the big one died. Some sort of freakishly weird waterworm ate it up. I think. At least it LOOKED like a worm. Poor guy. He was really close to becoming a frog and being able to eat up his polywog predator. The 'little guy' is our last hope. (Or at least until we go wading in another pond/lake, river or stream!)

Here's hoping no more bizzarre creatures come to feast!!
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