Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Slice of Life


The air is sweet with honeysuckle, thick with frogsong—and a heaviness that wishes for rain.
Ahead of my steps along the path, small Woodfrogs and even tinier Spring Peepers, several weeks ago nothing more than specks of black within the clouded gelatinous masses floating in Little Pond Pool, scurry to bury themselves in a tangle of uncut grass—their safety, a hasty retreat.
While, poised and patient, the treefrog, noisy into the night with song, waits for me to pass. Long, knobby toes curled carefully, stepping and sticking tight, his safety--hiding in plain sight.


Cope's Gray Treefrog, Hyla chrysoscelis
(Green color phase to match his surroundings)

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24 comments:

~Molly~ said...

Beautiful!!!!!

I haven't heard our tree frogs lately, it might be too hot and dry for them at the moment. My daughters rescued over 500 pickerel frogs from the swimming pool a few weeks ago though, that was a sight to see!!

Molly

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

The tree frogs are in fine voice nightly here, now that it's gotten so warm—and so are the bullfrogs along the river. I love sitting on the deck in the darkness, listening to their chorus.

NCmountainwoman said...

Great photographs of these little favorites. They are such fun.

KatDoc said...

Oh.
My.
God.

Cute in the smaller pictures, the tree frog is absolutely gorgeous in the biggy-fied version of photo #2. I have never seen these guys. I have probably heard them, but just never knew their song. I love, love, love this little froggie.

Thanks, Nina, for teaching me something new.

~Kathi

Mary said...

These images sooth my weary soul tonight. Your story does, too :o)

Thanks, Nina!

Michelle Johnson said...

These frogs are delightful. I think that first picture looks like a sleeping frog. Hope all is well. Have a great night.

nina at Nature Remains. said...

Kathi--
Never seen one?
See? It's working!!
(camouflage)

And I agree--they're gorgeous, especially this guy, who, because he was hanging out in tall grasses, is greener than many I usually find, on tree branches and with more of the grayish tones.
What makes them even more appealing to me, is their character. Curious, almost tame...this one stepped off onto my finger when I offered it.
Sweet!
Go find a tree, and its frog--you'll be glad you did!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Nina, I am always amazed how you see the small animals. Great photos too.

T and S said...

WOW...Stunning sharpness and details, Awesome....Thomas

Robin said...

Okay...now he's cute!

Thank you!

Deborah Godin said...

Thanks for giving us a window into this world. We need more rain here, it's pretty frogless in my area at present. I love the songs at night!

Teena in Toronto said...

It's like he's posing for you.

I played too :)

Wnc Mountain Living said...

Love these little guys - great photos and post!

Snap said...

Just wonderful! Toads haven't had anything to sing about here ... no rain! Love this little frog. Thanks!

Joy said...

Today must be the day for frogs! Great photos!

Crafty Gardener said...

What a great series of photos.

Tricia said...

Fantastic shots of such a handsome lil guy!

I love that line... the air is sweet w/ honeysuckle, thick w/ frogsong - and a heaviness that wishes for rain. I miss living in the country!

Julie said...

The colors on the frog are wonderful and the shots look especially good full size. Nice capture.

Shelley Munro said...

These are beautiful photos. We don't get many frogs where we live - or see them rather. Sometimes when we walk near a pond in the local reserve we can hear them.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Wonderful captures!

Ladynred said...

What a great shots of the frog.

Bird said...

What a lovely thing - I love how it's pulled it's legs in so neatly! We don't have such a wide variety of frogs in the UK so it's lovely to see some of yours :)

Karen said...

Lovely photos !!!

I've started seeing the frogs down by the river and at the lake... so much fun to watch..

Luna ( from Brazil ) said...

Hello Nina
Adorable post!
I liked these series of shots a lot!
Thanks for sharing
have a nice week
purrs and love
Luna ( camera critters )