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.
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.
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.
I can’t look at this without giggling. Cave Frog (sitting on a slightly submerged lily pad) reminds me so much of those frogs on the commercials for Budweiser. Terrible beer, but funny commercials.