This page will explain the anatomy of the pond, and its various "faces" throughout the seasons.
Pond seasons "clock"
Run the "slide show" at this link for a time-lapse review of the season, from spring fill-up
to midsummer dry-up to December freeze-up
The frog season always starts with the mid-March, cold, rainy-night migration of spotted salamanders
and wood frogs, aka...
The food chain
The pond may LOOK peaceful, but there's plenty of action of you look closely!
JULY pond - 2010
That's the lilypad patch sticking up high and dry, at the receding water's edge on the right. This is about three feet (one meter)
down from full springitme level. The pond has no inlet, fed only by rain and snow. There is an overflow channel going off to
the right, leading to a culvert that goes to a nearby wetland, so the pond never gets fuller than the top of its banks.
July 20, 2010
Compare to APRIL
In the brim-full springtime pond, the lilypad patch is just starting out, with a few small pads appearing in the "deep" water. In the
seven years I have been here, the pond has always been full to the brim in spring, from winter snow.
April 4, 2010
How LOW will it GO ?
This was October 2006 - a very low year. Interesting to imagine three big snapping turtles, 20+ painted turtles, 20+ bullfrogs
and green frogs, and a hundred big bullfrog tadpoles all shoulder-to-shoulder in that little puddle four inches deep.
Send a ribbit!