The World of the Seen and Unseen

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

*Slideshow has 10 slides

This has been an incredibly wet year in Sacramento.  Yesterday morning, I was in search of signs this is actually spring.

Not far from my home in the Greater Sacramento community of Fair Oaks, there are many delightful parks, activities, and things to visit and see.  One of my favorites is the Phoenix Park Vernal Pools.  The vernal pools are seasonal, and dry up in the summer months when rain is lacking.  However, during spring, these pools are steeped with all sorts of life - both seen and unseen.

The area is a habitat for the illusive fairy shrimp (microscopic sized critter life), deemed to be endangered.  Same for hundreds of thousands of polliwogs which show up in burgeoning numbers!  The area is also a wildflower paradise! 

You'll note one photo in the slide show gives suspicion of a fair sized frog shaped creature, with warts all over its body.  Instead, it was disclosed to be a slimy bark covered branch.  

I know folks in other parts of the country must think, "Those crazy Californians - only they would protect the unseen, and things we don't always understand the place of in the greater plan."  But, we do - and why not!

Comments (18)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

What a terrific way to showcase this Greater Sacramento community, and your very clevel changing slide-show!

Apr 08, 2019 04:09 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

There are so many little special places in the Greater Sacramento region.  I often take them for granted until I get out there and revisit them.

Apr 09, 2019 06:59 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your photographs.

We have another beautiful spring day in Maryland and life is good.

Apr 08, 2019 04:16 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

We have had a couple of pleasant days here in Sacramento.  It's nice to see blue skies, but the winds today could go away.

Apr 09, 2019 06:58 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. Why not indeed. I really enjoyed this and the pictures are lovely.

Apr 08, 2019 05:54 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

I'm glad you enjoyed the post and pictures, Sheila!

Apr 09, 2019 06:57 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The world around us is beautiful, both with what is seen and unseen.  Thanks for the full disclosure with regard to the bark, haha.

Apr 08, 2019 07:26 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

That ole bark log had me fooled for awhile, Brian!

Apr 09, 2019 06:57 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Myrl Jeffcoat - I am so glad that a lot of California is out of the drought. Hopefully it will stay that way!

It does feel like spring came later this year.  That bark looked like an alligator peeking out.  In the surrounding area of Sedona, the run off from mountain snow into the normally dried up creeks is really fun to watch. But soon will be gone. 

Apr 08, 2019 08:31 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

I am glad the drought is over too, Sheri.  It went on for so many years, that I still continue to feel cautious!

Apr 09, 2019 06:57 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I like being one of those "crazy" Californians.  We had a very strict Coastal Commission here, that can overule what the city may permit.  I thank them daily for the health of our oceans and the seen and unseen creatures we protect.  A

Apr 08, 2019 09:08 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

I don't mind being one of those "crazy" Californians at all, Alexandra!  I'm proud of it!

Apr 09, 2019 06:56 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Myrl, You have ame thinking of the first time I have frog legs.  Taste like chicken.

Apr 08, 2019 09:30 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

I haven't had frog legs since I was a kid.  My dad and a brother sometimes went froggin'.

Apr 09, 2019 06:55 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Myrl - I really like your title and the story you tell about the "seen and the unseen".  Just because it can't be seen does not diminish its importance.  Here.  Here.  

Apr 08, 2019 09:51 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

So true.  Their importance isn't dimished by our not seeing them.

Apr 09, 2019 06:55 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I remember the days that pollywog's were a real treasure to a boy. I can't remember the last time I actually saw one Myrl Jeffcoat . Thanks for stirring up precious memories.

Apr 08, 2019 10:52 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

I always enjoy seeing the pollywogs when I time my visists to the vernal pools right, Bob!

Apr 09, 2019 06:55 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I guess I won’t be going there for my shrimp dinner come Friday night. I don’t think I can get all that I can eat Myrl Jeffcoat 

Apr 08, 2019 03:32 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat

It would take an awful lot of Fairy Shrimp to fill you up, Paul!

Apr 09, 2019 06:54 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Well, let's hope our present administration doesn't decide to bulldoze fairy shrimp vernal pools, too.

Everything has a place in our delicate ecosystem. Fairy shrimp provide food for migrating ducks and geese, and they tend to keep the pools clean through their fastidious nature and use of 11 legs.

Apr 09, 2019 09:38 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

I agree with you, Elizabeth.  There are things in nature we may not understand the place of, but they generally have a role to play.  That's for everything but the lowly mosquito, which has killed more of mankind than all the wars put together. . .But, therein may be their point!  They may ultimately be the savior of the planet for every living thing, but us!

Apr 09, 2019 06:53 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Myrl- I was fooled as well because it did look like a large frog!!!

Apr 09, 2019 07:41 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Ha! I thought that was an enormous frog too, Myrl! 

I will say that here, when we see areas like that, it's called standing water and if a buyer is purchasing the property the standing water is on, they ask the seller to grade it! The fear of mosquitoes and their bites here would have everyone nipping these vernal pools in the bud very quickly!

Apr 09, 2019 09:33 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl I married a crazy Californian, but I think I have converted her 


Apr 10, 2019 08:35 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That was a fun slide show of the Vernal Pools.  I thought it might have been a snapping turtle or something!

Apr 11, 2019 03:16 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl Jeffcoat, in reading your post, it reminded me of the 'Field of Yellow Daffodils' in your area.  Did I miss them?  Last year the weather interfered
with a successful field of daffodils.  I have been waiting and I just hope I did not miss them.  I will Google.....

Apr 12, 2019 09:39 AM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Myrl,  Spring is definitely here, even up North where I live.

Apr 18, 2019 09:50 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Needless to say I am in awe of your photography here Myrl...

Apr 10, 2021 10:27 PM