Nature's Place

Frogged Again …

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Could be the Graceful Tree Frog. It’s 5 or 6 times the size of the other frogs I’ve been posting pix of, the Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog.

Have you noticed the little grey-blue on and around the frog? Springtails love living on the wet wood under the pot plants.

Click on this one and click again and you will see a small army of hitchhikers on the head. Tiny grey-blue springtails. They could be a working part of this one’s ecosystem.

She knew I was watching, and on one jump tried to hide behind a piece of wood. Not very hard though. I think she was curious too, hadn’t seen the likes of me before.

A new frog arrived at a part of my garden the other night, the pot plants around the water tank. S/he came with the rain, what else. They need the water to get around on, the wet aids their travel. Water joins everything up, for the small and large alike. Then it’s high ground and shelter that matters, even to frogs.

There was something about this one though. I saw it at the edge of the tank garden where it would have entered from the long wide lawn and it sat stock still as I watched for a moment. As soon as I looked away it jumped, and it’s jumping and landing was a pleasure to watch, though barely seen. Masterful frog.

It did this a few times while I took what shots I could get. And then, one last time, I looked away and it disappeared into the green, as if on cue.

They know when we’re watching them, and they know we’re not a threat, but they are private creatures all the same, instinctively.

Everything comes and goes in the garden. Best to take it as it comes and hold to nothing, let it go.

That way we’re ready when something else comes, and will come the sooner for it.

And let it go …

That’s life …

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The thought had crossed my mind. To assume authority and arrange the tenants of the garden to suit my designs – we’re all tenants here after all. But I really don’t like to interfere, so much.

With the frogs scattering throughout the (admittedly) small but wildly welcoming garden, and the amaryllis such a short flowering plant or bulb, why not catch a frog and pose it on a big red flower before they’re (both) gone?

Why not? Well, it begs the question, where does that kind of interference stop. I don’t mind moving some back or foreground element, or even move an entire scene if possible, if it’s also possible to return it to original position.

But hunting down a frog to manhandle it into a place and position it probably wouldn’t settle in and would probably require repeated resettling, in a tight small garden it’s hard to navigate without breaking things. Too much ado all round for my liking.

Then early last night I popped out to have a look, as I often do, and there she (or he) was, a lovely green tree frog sitting on the big dark red amaryllis.

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