07.09.2021 Frog Friday-a young cutie

Hello Lithobates catebianus fans. Another week has passed quickly and we’re back at week’s end. I bet the frogs are liking all the rain we’ve received this week…it’s not only ducks who enjoy it…and I hope the weather is favoring you for a nice weekend.

Here is another bullfrog from Verda Dale’s pond made the same day as last week’s post.

It looks like I brought her into a studio on a perfect seat. Nearby was this other youngster who sat even prettier.

Both are on lotus pads.Ā  And speaking of loutses…

It’s a shame the new owners have let the pond get overgrown.Ā  So much beauty lost although I guess there are those who enjoy cattails too. I do but not in a lotus pond.

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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25 Responses to 07.09.2021 Frog Friday-a young cutie

  1. picpholio says:

    Lovely frog and 3 top shots !

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  2. Gallivanta says:

    Oh, the second photo, is spot on, so to speak. The lotus is exquisite.

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  3. Littlesundog says:

    Wow!! Double the fun with frogs today! Thank you for sating my appetite for these beauties. That lotus is gorgeous too. I’m not a great lover of cattails but that is what is not growing along the slough. That and a lot of willow trees and a few cottonwoods. It’s a lot of work to keep a pond from getting “overgrown” and to try to maintain it for specific purposes. I tried for several years with our slough and finally gave up. Nature cannot be tamed!

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    • I am sure that the current owners, possibly her heirs, find it too much work and/or too expensive. I believe she had a landscape service do the maintenance for her. Some plants, and I bet cattails qualify, will come back stronger than ever if not entirely removed right down to the root hairs. We’ve found that to be the case with a few interlopers here. And a few we unwittingly planted ourselves such as lilies of the valley. Nope, nature cannot…it is stronger than dirt. šŸ™‚

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  4. Those frogs really look like they’re grinning ear-to-ear, just happy as heck with their lotus positions. That lotus flower is really lovely, too.

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  5. Fabulous! I never seem to see frogs round here, only hear them. If only ours were as attention seeking as these, they have star quality šŸ’«

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  6. shoreacres says:

    In the second photo, the lily pad reminded me of a mandala, and that brought to mind one of the first lines of Thomas Merton’s Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander: “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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    • Or maybe just experiencing beatitude. The same thing I guess. They always look so relaxed and I think meditation would be just what is happening. Wish I could be that calm and without care or thought.Of coarse it could all be a use as they have to be aware of tall birds with sharp bills.
      Btw, I am always impressed at your recall of verses from both poetry and prose. I can barely remember what I read ten minutes ago.

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  7. Ms. Liz says:

    These photos are a joy!

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  8. Very nice Steve! Your image reminds me of our old home before we retired & moved. We had a fairly large pond and enjoyed seeing & hearing our frogs, especially in the evening! But I feel one of our neighbors did not appreciate the noise they made!

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    • Thanks, Reed. I remember you mentioning your pond previously. I would be very envious of that in a yard. I have a neighbor like that. After moving in he complained about one of our wind chimes.

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  9. I like the way all the leaf veins converge on the frog in the middle picture.

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  10. Todd Henson says:

    Great set of shots. I really like that second one with the lines radiating out from the frog. You must have done some expert directing to convince it to move to just that spot for the photo. šŸ™‚

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  11. bluebrightly says:

    What a pleasure it is to see the frog and the perfect lotus. And to my mind (and I’m sure to yours) both are perfection. šŸ™‚

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  12. Great images, each one. The frog does look like a youngster … cute! And that lotus flower is absolutely gorgeous!

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    • Thank you. It is saddening that this pond is no longer a good spot for photographing frogs and lotuses. I doubt the new owners will restore it. Of course there are other locations here but this was such a nice spot.

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