I was so excited when I went to check on the "frog eggs"...seems as though they are not frog eggs after all. Looks like they are tiny salamanders!! I think I squealed when I saw this cute little fellow still tucked inside the comfort of his jelly egg:
I'm heading back there today to check on their progress. At least now I know why it has been taking so long. Here I was all worried about the fate of the tiny frogs, since their gestation period is only about 21 days and I had not seen any of the eggs with tiny tadpoles inside. Come to find out, the gestation period for salamanders can be between 40 and 50 days, so "yay" ~ I might actually be able to witness a live birth! I can be a salamander life coach! Wouldn't that be a hoot!
On my way home from checking on the eggs, I stopped at a cemetery that I've been wanting to checkout. It's a beautiful old cemetery, with some rather interesting headstones and history:
And don't you know, right on the ground [apparently had fallen from the tree] was this beautiful little nest:
the bottom of it has a big hole in it, so it was most likely robbed by a black snake and then knocked out of the tree. Now it's resting on my bookshelf.
The sky is starting to clear!! Looks like it's going to be a great day to see some little baby salamanders! Life is good!!
love & peace always ~ Kathy
"I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you -- Nobody --Too?
Then there's a pair of us!
Don't tell! they'd advertise -- you know!
How dreary -- to be -- Somebody!
How public -- like a Frog --
To tell one's name -- the livelong June --
To an admiring Bog!" ~ Emily Dickinson