Amphibian haven, breeding place

Melting snow, spring rains, gather in hollows of the forest floor to form ephemeral pools important for the development of amphibian life.

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Also named vernal pools, from the Latin word for spring or the time of the equinox. The pools are ephemeral in the sense of being temporary, disappearing in the warmer, dryer late spring and summer months, a characteristic important for amphibian live in being devoid of predatory fish.

Here the pool forms on a flat beneath the walls of Enfield Gorge. Here is another photograph featuring the ephemeral winter theme, “The Cave.”

These shots were hand held. I used a Sony Alpha 700 dslr with a variable “zoom” lens, great for framing compositions.

Robert H. Treman New York State Park.

Sources: Wikipedia, “Vernal Pool” and Merriam Webster online.

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3 thoughts on “Ephemeral

  1. Very interesting photographs. On first glance, I thought I was seeing a beige outcropping of rock with traces of snow, but then I realized it was a pond reflecting light, trees, and blue sky. Now my eye alternates between the two images I have in my mind. Although I know it’s a pond, I can still see it as a large beige face of rock. It’s funny how our eyes and minds can play tricks on us.

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