Friday, May 25, 2012

WATER WORLD: Frogs, Turtles, Bugs, Blooms

A bullfrog emerges from the duckweed!
All photos by Jonathan Schechter
Holly State Recreation Area - Groveland Township, Michigan

In these closing days of May shallow ponds and secluded bays of inland Oakland County, Michigan are alive with aquatic reptiles and amphibians, dragonflies and beetles and a myriad of water-loving wildflowers.
These photos are to supplement the Oakland Outdoors hiking column in the May 27 issue of The Oakland Press (  that profiles the short McGinnis Lake Nature Trail at the Holly State Recreation Area. I could not help but recall the timeless words of Darwin as I stood in  a mix of  rich mix of organic life-giving muck and duckweed  - a primordial soup of nature - and watched the endless dance of nature swirl around me.

"...from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved." The Origin of Species 1859


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