10.23.2005

On Today's Hike


Here a frog (Acris gryllus)



there a frog (Acris gryllus, again)



everywhere a frog (Hyla cinerea)

15 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

I probably would have missed that last one -- as well as all of the others.

cookie jill said...

Handsome little dudes (or dudettes)

T. Beth said...

I love the picture of the green treefrog, it really does match the leaf. With so many frogs there, it must be awfully noisy at night during breeding season.

swamp4me said...

t. beth, the noise of the frogs during the breeding season is quite impressive - particularly the green treefrogs. The air literally pulsates with their calls.

cookie jill, I am especially fond of the tiny little cricket frogs. They vary in color from nearly red to green to tan and are very impressive leapers.

AC, I feel certain you would have seen the cricket frogs at least. The treefrogs are easy to spot once you develop your "frog eyes." ;)

Wayne said...

Wow - what an amazing difference between the A. gryllus individuals.

We hear our crickets, but hardly ever see them - they stay hidden beneath the floating and hanging leaves in the most densely planted parts of the ponds.

During the dry period up until a couple of weeks ago, we heard no frogs at all, and I assumed they'd gone dormant. Then the rain and suddenly they were everywhere.

I love frogs.

Floridacracker said...

Nice froggy shots!

SquirrleyMojo said...

Lovely.

Sigh. I've been thinking about that book . . .

Silver Zephyr said...

do you have a problem with your cats eating critters? one of mine eats frogs, lizards, birds, and whatever bugs are crawling around that look appetizing (never a roach he won't lower himself)...

Wayne said...

Silver Zephyr - I do! I have rescued more leopard and bullfrogs than I can count. I love the cats, but they just hang around the ponds waiting for a frog to surface.

Not much problem with birds though - very seldom do they catch a bird.

swamp4me said...

SZ, both of my cats are strictly indoor felines. The only critters they hunt are the ones that dare to come inside: mice, the occassion skink, the odd snake or two, and (Silver Bullet's favorite prey)grass spiders. We did have a wren to get in one time -- unfortunately it was while we were at work. Sadly, the cats dispatched it :(

Rexroth's Daughter said...

That last photo of green frog on green leaf is just so beautiful. I love how the frog blends in with that leaf, how the lines on its body look similar to the leaf's veins. You have really captured such a lovely moment.

Silver Zephyr said...

...getting a bell on malcolm's collar helped somewhat. i'd say it has cut down on birth death by 60%. i wish i could convince the cats that they need to be indoor only. they were until about my now husband moved in with his dogs and they decided to pee on everything. now, they are so happy going outdoors, i would feel terrible making them stay inside.

Silver Zephyr said...

oops-i meant BIRD death!

Keith, RN said...

Speaking of frogs, we just hate how, in the days of rain, the frogs all come up for air all over our road, getting pummeled to death by cars. So many nights, my wife or I will be seen stopping our cars in the dark and rainy streets, ushering errant frogs to safety.

Anonymous said...

I miss frogs living here in Colorado. Thanks for the pics, makes me remember being back east.