The Water Strider And The Leaf

I sat by the pond this morning, to see what I would see.

As usual, at first the pond looked lifeless, not even a mosquito to swat away.  But the longer I sat, the more I saw.

First the water strider hitching a ride on the leaf, then a frog sticking his head out of the water.  A small bird landed on the mud under the bushes on the edge of the water.  Two small snails were either fighting for food or mating, and another bigger snail twirled itself around a blade of grass floating on top of the water.

Finally, just before I left, two newts swam up from the mucky bottom, making a tiny splash as they grabbed insects from the surface of the pond.

All this before I showered and ate breakfast.

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