09.06.2019 Bullfrog Blues Friday

I am always bemused by frogs and their seemingly calm expression as they sit or float, occasionally giving up a croak.  Is that to attract a mate?  To express dominance?  To claim their own space?  Does he have the blues? Indigestion?  I’ve never been one to think of animals as dumb and lacking any intelligent thought.  I figure that all conscious beings have some level of thought and am not convinced that ours is any superior.  We certainly do complicate our lives with our thought at times. That makes me wonder what this guy was thinking as he sits at the edge of Poor Farm Swamp last Monday morning. Was his croak the Anuran version of a wolf whistle?

I wish that I could sit there sometime and just be without the usual cares and worries that daily human existence presents us. But, of course, I would have to worry about a heron or egret dining on me. I am thinking that it’s good to be at the top of the food chain.  🙂

And, for your listening pleasure, the original Bullfrog Blues.  David Bromberg, Canned Heat, and Rory Gallagher all have fine versions, but you can’t beat the original.  Well, the original was possibly never recorded but this is the earliest.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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13 Responses to 09.06.2019 Bullfrog Blues Friday

  1. I couldn’t understand some of the words until I found the lyrics at
    Maybe you should play the song for a bullfrog to see what kind of reaction you get.

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  2. Gallivanta says:

    He looks too calm to have the blues. Perhaps he was just content being lord of all he surveys.

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  3. Nice Image Steve! Brings back memories! At my old home in Northern NJ we had a pond and I would sit there for hours photographing frogs & Dragonflies! It was very relaxing. We had quite a few deer and once a bear! At night they could make quite a racket! Thanks for sharing your image!

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    • We get the occasional bear here and have taken down our bird feeders in the summer now ever since they went missing one year and ended up in our neighbors’ yards.Having a personal pond would be great for an adult or a child. Thanks, Reed.


  4. I think he looks rather peaceful. But, thanks to you, I will have an earworm for the rest of the day.

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  5. Born and reared on a farm, we had a tank, known to most folks as a pond. There were numerous bullfrogs that sang late in the evening as one loud chorus Maybe that is why I am so fond of your frog pics since It reminds me of those that I heard growing up. The frog in your pic looks like a huge one and I think the frogs remain very calm in order not to attract a predator’s attention and also to be able to catch its food.

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    • I am sure the reality of their behavior is just as you mention, Yvonne. Survival is tops in the food chain. But it’s fun to look for other possibilities too. We probably anthropomorphize animals behavior too much, but it is fun. 🙂
      I am glad my frog images bring back happy memories for you.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    Love those early Delta blues. Bromberg’s is my favorite contemporary version, but you can’t beat those early bluesmen. When it comes to my travel wish-list, one wish is to get back to Mississippi and spend some time around Oxford, exploring the hill country blues. I suppose R.L. Burnside, now departed, is my favorite of that crew, but his grandson, Cedric is fabulous, and I’ve been lucky enough to hear him live. Many of the musicians around Oxford and Holly Springs recorded on the Fat Possum label — what’s not to like about that?

    In the introduction to his book Confessions of a Guilty Bystander, Thomas Merton has his own idea about what these frogs are up to: “How the valley awakes. At two-fifteen there are no sounds except in the monastery: the bells ring, the office begins. Outside, nothing, except perhaps a bullfrog saying ‘Om’ in the creek or in the guesthouse pond. Some nights he is in Samadhi; there is not even ‘Om.’ “

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    • I remembered your liking Bromberg’s version, I think you shared it with me once before…or with all your blog visitors…and thought about it for here but decided to go back to the “original”. It’s hard to be sure who the original in the older days might have been since a lot of folks copied each other and there were certain standards they worked with. I haven’t delved into it very far myself but a cousin of mine worked with Alan Lomax so my interest was piqued a bit but not enough, I guess.
      I do think of frogs as zen creatures. They seem in deep meditation most of the time, although not in too deep a deep trance as that could prove fatal.

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