Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tiny Frogs

Last weekend we went to Duke Gardens to wander and take photos. This small fountain, planted in papyrus and lotus, had lots of possibilities, and I took a number of shots.

But it soon became about the tiny tree frog which Oldest discovered on a papyrus plant. Then we found another. So I looked further and found two more in that same small fountain garden, one golden colored, instead of green. They were each just a little over half an inch long. Soon we had other passers by stopping to see what we were seeing, and we had fun watching their faces as they finally spotted the frogs.

Enjoy.

14 comments:

Lisa said...

Okay - I know I've had a little of the fruit of the vine tonight, but for a sec, I thought that was Grenouille.

Lovely. Just lovely.

June Saville said...

Hi Steve
Are frogs reducing in numbers in the US? We still have quite a lot in Oz, but not nearly so many as we did a few years ago ... More's the pity!
I've read that scientists regard them as a litmus test for our environment.

Steve Emery said...

June,

Yes, frogs are seen by biologists as a "bellwether" species - an environmentally fragile creature that acts like the old "canary in a coal mine." I believe they are declining in various parts of the U.S. - partly as we tame more and more marshy areas with development, partly due to pollution of more complex types, like the pharmaceuticals that get into the water supply. Our chief threat used to be hard-core toxins, like PCBs, mercury, lead, heavy metals, and petrochemicals - the output of heavy manufacturing. Our laws and industries changed. Now the unregulated compounds are in far smaller quantity, but they can have disproportionate affects on the animal kingdom because they're manufactured for their biological potency.

Genie Sea said...

How charming! I am sure Grenouille was thrilled! :) I have been away from blogland for a while, and I missed your musings, photos and art. It has been a thrill to catch up again! Your self-portrait in the Aug. 16th post reminded me of Nature King, mischievous and bounteous! Love love love it! :)

The Gypsy said...

Haven't seen frogs for ages and ages - are there desert frogs? :-)

linda said...

these are so cute! and so like grenouille!


take care.

Nicole said...

Just dropping in to let you know how much I enjoy your blog (and I've passed a Kreativ Blogger award on to you). This year we had a beaver family dam up our creek and create a fairly massive pond. The frogsong each warm evening was almost deafening. Hard to believe that frogs are dying out when you hear that much joyous, sexy noise from them. I'm not happy our land got flooded, but I am happy that the frogs have a place to thrive....

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susan said...

The frogs are magical - quelle treat :-)

Oops, I see you got hit too. This morning I opened my email to find every story on Adventure's had been hit 5 times. Took me an hour to clean it up.