This is a story of a waterlily pond, a frog and a snake. It is full of action, menace and suspense. Luckily, there is a happy ending although one party does look foolish.
Once upon a time in 2009, there was a waterlily pond in an East Berlin park called the Gärten der Welt (Gardens of the World).
At first, all appeared peaceful. The sun shone, dragonflies buzzed. A ripple in the water caught my eye. A frog was swimming vigorously to the pond's edge.
But in the pond were a lot more frogs, mostly sunning on the waterlily pad sunbeds or swimming from one pad to another.
Then I noticed a very different movement in the water. It was a snake .. then another .. and another!
As the distance between the two closed, my heart started thudding. Was I going to witness a National Geographic “eat or be eaten” moment?