Jeepers Peepers!

Some will probably argue it, but spring is here–or at least the frogs and toads seem to think so!

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For the past few weeks, our days (and especially nights) have been filled with the chirps and cricks of the “spring peepers.” I hadn’t really heard of or noticed these little ones before, but after experiencing them out here on the farmstead in such symphonic surround sound, I will forever perceive them as a sign of the season.

Just so you are aware, if you play the video below, you will certainly witness some frog-on-frog-on-frog action (viewer discretion is advised ­čÖé

Here is the start of a lovely biology lesson that has unfolded before us. We’ll include more pictures as the tadpoles develop.

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These helixes started forming in our garden swales and really perplexed me before I took some time to look closer. Those aren’t chia seeds, folks. We’re expecting…tadpoles!20140419-203203.jpg

We couldn’t ask for a better home-education lesson for Judah. Julia and I both had what would typically be considered excellent educational experiences while growing up, but neither of us had witnessed anything like this before (note Judah’s reflection in the water)!20140419-203223.jpg

The tiniest tadpoles just after hatching.20140419-203437.jpg

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In permaculture, we make use of the abundance and productivity found in the edges of systems because it is nature’s tendency to do so–this concept is made quite clear by┬áthe actions┬áof the tadpole!20140419-203520.jpg

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Here’s what these serious swimmers can do (it’s quite mesmerizing┬áto watch):

Stay tuned. There’s more to come!