Sunday, March 28, 2010

Backyard adventures

Our backyard has turned into a tadpole habitat. When we moved to this house, we brought the sandbox, empty of sand. We haven't gotten around to filling it yet, so the boys took the matter into their own hands. Both the lid and the box are now home to hundreds of tadpoles. At the time I took this picture, we had about 10 or so. They started extremely small, and have slowly grown. No legs yet, but we're hoping to see them any day. You can see them here as little black dots.

And how do they catche these tadpoles? With this scoop, that comes from a ball game.
When we moved in, this retention pond was bone dry, and the boys played football in it. Now, we've had almost double the normal amount of rain, and it sits, a perfect place for frogs to lay their eggs.

This day Alexander and his friend Nick were out there looking for tadpoles. After I put the camera away, they found a bunch of tadpole eggs, which were subsequentally put in the habitat. A week later, the eggs hatched, which is how we now have hundreds of them.
When the pond is full, we have a beautiful backyard view.
Jonathan loves putting on his boots and wading through the water. Then he keeps them on while he plays in the grass.
He spent about an hour driving his truck through the water. Better than his bike, which he had done the week before!

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