GUEST POST FOR COLLEGEVILLE INSTITUTE
Posted on September 5, 2021 by Jenn Zatopek
While out hiking New Year’s Day on the grassy prairies of the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma, I saw a small toad in a slender crevice of water. The long narrow pool of water was ensconced between two gabbro rocks, solidified roots of ancient volcanoes, formed eons ago when tectonic plates wrestled together on the earth’s shifting surface. The creature had burrowed itself into the grimy sand below the still water and blew bubbles, forming a creamy foam circle the size of a child’s thumb on the water’s surface. . .
(Image: The grassy plains of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Jenn Zatopek)