Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 06/11/2013


Photo taken on June 10, 2013


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[STORY TIME!!] 161/365: “The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself, often well beyond any latent ability you may have previously demonstrated." ~ Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One

[STORY TIME!!] 161/365: “The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself, often well beyond any latent ability you may have previously demonstrated." ~ Bryce Courtenay, The Power
Today was a special day...it was the day that our seasonal pond dried up. In years past I would avoid our pond when I knew it was getting close to drying up because I couldn't bear the horrible heartache. I love frogs, and tadpoles are among the most adorable babies in the world to me. Every year the pond dries up long before countless tadpoles are able to transform into frogs...and they die. Not that I have seen it, but I knew that it happened every year. Last year I couldn't stand to let nature take its course, and I went down to the pond with a bucket half full of water and a strainer. Scooping them into the bucket, I rescued the hundreds of remaining tadpoles who were all together in the drying puddle, overheated, gasping for water and on the verge of dying. I marched up to the house where I had a kiddie pool waiting for them and poured them into the water, adding some mud from their pond so there would be food to eat (bacteria, algae, tiny organisms). I went down a little later to get another batch and I was pretty sure I had caught them all. As I watched them swimming around in their new home, I smiled with joy, knowing that they would be ok.

Late that afternoon, I decided to go down for a final check in case I missed a tadpole. When I got to the pond, only mud remained, but I looked over the surface very carefully anyway, and just as I was about to stand up, I saw a tadpole laying on its side, apparently dead. "OH NOOOO!!" I yelled, and carefully picked him up in my hand, cooing in sorrow at my little friend who I thought was dead. Not knowing what else to do, I put him in the cup of water I had with me...and suddenly...with a wiggle of his tail, Lucky swam around in a circle and up to the surface for a bubble of air, and then sank down to the bottom, exhausted but alive and feeling much, much better! I had tears in my eyes for my dear little buddy who waited for me to save him! :)

That was the story of Lucky, the final tadpole from last year's seasonal pond. This year, I began collecting tadpoles earlier--five days ago to be exact, and this morning I was down there to gather the last tadpoles. I was very thorough and continued to sift through the muddy water dozens of times after I'd caught the last baby. This time, when I went down to the pond a couple of hours later when only mud remained, there were no tadpoles! I'd gotten them all! :D

The picture above is one of the last tadpoles I rescued, and I've named him Angel, which makes the second pool, "Angel's Pond". I got the name from a book I just read, "The Power of One," which is a remarkable, awesome story about a boy who overcomes a very rough childhood to become a shining success, and ends up learning that one person can make a profound difference to a entire country and its people. He is nicknamed "The Tadpole Angel," and ever since I read that, I wanted to give that name to the last tadpole that I rescued this year! :) However, when I told Steve, he smiled and told me that I got it wrong...because he said that *I* am the Tadpole Angel. Awwwwwwwww... :D

Bryce Courtenay, (14 August 1933 – 22 November 2012) was a South African novelist who also held Australian citizenship. He is one of Australia's best-selling authors, notable for his book The Power of One. Wikipedia: Bryce Courtenay

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19 comments - The latest ones
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Great commentary and wonderful photo, Janet.
4 years ago.
Rita Hart
Rita Hart
great words to start my day thank you
4 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Great story, Janet. So glad that Angel made it. Who knows he may turn into a prince!
4 years ago.
Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson
Fantastic photo Janet, like your story too.
4 years ago.
Alonza Driver
Alonza Driver
Wonderful shot Janet.
Excellent write up
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Very beautiful.
4 years ago.
Cassondra Louise
Cassondra Louise
What a wonderful story and yes, you are the tadpole angel! Such a great feeling to know you rescued so many of these little guys. Great job! This is a delightful capture of the last tadpole you rescued. He seems very happy, swimming around and exuding thanks for being saved! :)
4 years ago.
Jim .
Jim .
Great photo. You must be surrounded by frogs now :)
4 years ago.
Stehouwer and Recio
Stehouwer and Recio
Excellent capture, cool story!
4 years ago.
Seb.69
Seb.69
Very nice story and shot Janet..
4 years ago.
Koko Nut
Koko Nut
i told ya! you're a hero!
4 years ago.
Jean
Jean
He's looking up at you and saying "Thank you" Love the story and the shot.
4 years ago.
the mr gnu
the mr gnu
Lovely!
4 years ago.
suzib
suzib
Wonderful story, good for you
4 years ago.
Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
Simply beautiful!
4 years ago.
k m 7 d
k m 7 d
Janet, can't you just run a hosepipe down to your seasonal pond? Or is it really a lake? :)
4 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
The most beautiful story .. and what a wonderful Earth(Tadpole) Angel you be Lady... !
4 years ago.
Compostpyle
Compostpyle
Beautiful heart warming story Janet. I do believe you are a Tadpole Angel : )
4 years ago.
John McKay
John McKay
Wonderful photo and story Janet. You always go that 'extra mile' to provide such interesting stories with you photo's, great photo journalism! Thank you!
4 years ago.