Having very few frog sightings lately. Today I did see Uptown Frog, albeit very briefly. He also saw me and quickly dove underwater. This made me decide it was time for another archive photo for a periodic frog. This is Cave Frog, with his beloved plant pot. It’s an earlier photo before I got a bit better at this, but I love how his little hands are hanging on to the edge of the pot. Cute!
Eyeballs is lurking in the lilypads. The days are cooler, and the nights are dipping close to freezing now. Soon the frogs will burrow into the mud and I may have a few photos stored (certainly of Brave Frog) for some additional posts, but then you have to wait for spring until we find out if they stayed in the pond and survived the winter. *fingers crossed*
I admit it – I do not think I can keep up daily postings much longer at all, so I’ve renamed this to “Periodic Frog” because (1) it’s going to be accurate and (2) I’m a chemist who enjoys the play on words.
Nonetheless, I was delighted to spot Eyeballs in the lilypads – he was well hidden. I didn’t see him actually go for the little insect (perhaps it’s too small to bother with – what do I know? Do frogs do tapas?) but I like to think he was watching it. Those little bugs are annoying, so I’d be more than happy to have them be a frog’s appetizer.
I was certain I had missed my opportunity to take a photo of Cave Frog on this evening – which would have been a shame as the light was interesting on the water. While I was moving in, he hopped off the lily pad where he had been sitting – but thankfully they are so thick there he just ended up on another, with one over his back. He must have felt reasonably camouflaged, because he was then very still while I did the photo shoot.
I need to be more observant when I go out my door – the spot where Uptown Frog lives is very close and I’m beginning to think he is watching me more often than I am aware. Be sure to click on the photo to get the large size, and take a look at his arm under water, fingers holding on to the plant stalk. Where he is there is a reasonable current – so holding on is the only reason he isn’t floating downstream.
Could someone please tell me why Cave Frog picks a certain spot? Given all the choices, I wonder what made this one the best of all? Regardless, he seemed like a very content frog on a nice sunny afternoon.
I went outside and looked for Eyeballs and Cave Frog among the plant pots and the lily pads, but spotted no one. I decided to take the walk around the pond to sneak up on the back of where Uptown Frog hangs out – just as I was getting near, I realized he was WAY out in the open on a rock a bit upstream from his little condo area. I slowly walked all the way back around the pond and got the camera. I don’t think I took a breath the whole time I was edging the tripod into slightly new positions to try and get a good view of him without the plant stalks blocking everything. Happily, he stayed there the whole time! This may be the best view we ever get of him – and it’s a good one!
While Cave Frog still makes it sink and flood a bit, on this day the lily pad he chose to sit on had stronger support so he’s a bit higher up. I have no idea if that helps his hunting, but he looked more stable.
Although the legs are underneath of this frog, I’m fairly certain this is Eyeballs – only because Cave Frog rarely hangs out by these plants. I really like the reflection of the iris leaves over the back of let’s-assume-it’s-Eyeballs.