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My no cane toads allowed pond  is beginning to take upon itself  the above ground sculptural structuring I had in mind.

Inspired by dead  tree trunks sitting in a coastal swamp -- aka 'wetland' -- I've collected enough drift wood to clad most of the perimeter of  my barrel in a wall of timbers. Once the pond vegetation consolidates I'll have a sort of carrot top effect cascading over the sides just as I'll have ramblers clambering up from the ground below.

The theory is that cane toads won't be able to climb the precipice  nor should they be able to jump that high.

Touch (drift) wood...

I need more driftwood to complete the cladding but the explosion of timbers suggest a lot of other possibilities as I integrate quirky shapes into the upward surge of cellulose.

On board -- as much as my Herpetology  can be trusted -- is a new family of tadpoles: Striped Marsh Frogs  (Limnodynastes peronii).

The pots for the plants rest upon a mezzanine grill so that if the shallow top waters warm too much in the hot sun, there is the liquid depths to keep the living things cool. The driftwood timbers shade the sides of the pond and the water surface. By next Summer the frangipani I planted nearby should grow enough to  facilitate  temperate ambience.

The  aesthetic advantage of a pond at waist height is that its waters are eminently viewable.  The pond and its pondlife sort of 'comes to you'. 


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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 4, 2013 at 17:28

Great, Dave!

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