Frogs......

..... after a looooong night of rewatching "True Grit" for the thirtieth time last night, The Missus woke up in an absolute whirlwind of motion this morning.......

.... once I calmed her down (and after I thoroughly thrashed her at a game of Scrabble-over-Breakfast), she definitely needed to burn off some energy, so she decided that it was necessary for us to digest our buttered toast & pate while circumnavigating Eagle Glen afoot.....

.... I was dubious at first..... but eventually I grudgingly laid my plans aside and headed out with her for a walk......

.... at first, everything was peaches and cream.... (figuratively, of course, not literally - since we were walking, sweating, and generally exercising at the time).... but then the puddles we passed began yielding hundreds - or thousands - of tadpoles......

.... and they scurried here and there as we plodded past...... causing the very surface of many of the puddles to resemble those horrible Discovery Channel clips where the Great White leaps from the air after having mistakenly tried to bite a bit of seal-shaped carpet that was being dragged behind a boat by busy-body researchers.....

.... the horrible thing about the whole incident?...... just LAST WEEK one of those puddles was absolutely teeming with tiny little fish fry...... and today?..... nothing but churned up tadpole turds, murky water, and the large, bulbous, fleshy bodies of half-grown froglets wiggling to hide under sunken leaves that were half their size........ wha??..... what happened to the cute, baby fishies?!?......

..... tadpole dung, that's what......

.... I swear, it was a depressing scene....... almost enough to make me fashion myself a gig, and don my Petzl head lamp in a few months to harvest a few of those jumpy little creatures for the skillet.....

.... almost, that is..... but not quite enough....

... hell, I've seen where those slimy little bastards have grown up....... and that there is enough to quell the appetite of even the mightiest of carnivores.......

.. but still, they DO deserve some sort of karmic payback for having descended on those poor minnows with such a gnashful vengeance.... I mean, why can't we all just get along?!?........

...... however, I will say that all was not completely lost..... after today's day of sunshine?...... both the peach tree AND the teacup magnolia are in full bloom....... and they are stunning to see......

..... but I did imagine - as I made the last few strides up my driveway - that in some small, tiny way, those trees were not merely blaring & advertising to the world that they were ready to be bred as this Springtime rushes in on us........ but that they were somehow offering a little something up In Memoriam to those poor departed fishies.......

..... I suddenly found myself quite hungry for fishsticks, though, and scratched that itch as best I could once I was back inside the house.......

..... it certainly is true, though, you know?......The Lord surly surely works in mysterious ways, boys & girls........

by Eric on March 18, 2009 | Bullshit (7) | TrackBack (0) | Psycho Rants
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Animal Planet and PBS has about ruined people that was raised on concrete about the ways of nature. Sure..They'll show you lions takin' down zebras on the African plains and feastin' on'em or wolves takin' an elk to feed the pack and such.
Those are just the top end predators. The feasting goes on on a smaller scale (size wise)even in your own back yard. It's eat or be eaten out there.
Mother Nature ain't no sweet lady in a white gown with flowers in her hair. Mother Nature is a serial killer..

Bullshitted by Tbird on March 18, 2009 08:18 PM

Frog legs....ooooOOO yeah!

Bullshitted by JihadGene on March 19, 2009 11:50 AM

"Gnashful vengeance" - the kind that is commonly practiced in Middle Tennessee.

Bullshitted by Elisson on March 19, 2009 02:55 PM

It's springtime. All these great "things" are happening -- creepy, crawly, great things. And lots and lots of more gorgeous every year flowers.

Bullshitted by Kath on March 19, 2009 08:11 PM

Tree pictures please.

We won't have any leaves out for at least a month yet - probably longer. I love blooming trees.

I think you should report the froglets to PETA.

Bullshitted by Teresa on March 19, 2009 08:14 PM

i don't know... a big ole plate of crunchy amphibian appendages a happy southern boy makes.

Bullshitted by The Friendly Neighborhood Piper on March 20, 2009 09:08 AM

Heck man, you tricked me at the last moment about the fish... with the Lord surely works in mysterious ways... I would've sweared you were gonna say "The Lord giveth, and the the Lord taketh away"...

PS: You can use tadpoles for bait. Legs, or not.

Bullshitted by RedNeck on March 21, 2009 03:38 PM