Date: February 21st, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: amphibians, Garden, Green, Oregon, Seasonal, USA, winter.

Pacific Chorus Frog

Every place has its own unique beauty and seasonal quirks. Here on the west coast, the Pacific Chorus Frogs‘croaks are incredibly loud during late winter / early Spring when the climate is gradually warming but still cool and wet….loud in a good way though.  This one was in an overturned plant pot. Apparently the croaking is not always about mating, but is also a territorial thing. It’s so nice falling asleep to thousands of frogs croaking, unless maybe, if they are directly in your back yard river or pond, where it probably takes a while to get to sleep. It simply takes one frog to start, then within a minute hundreds have joined in, and each one has its own tone. It’s amazing!


Pacific Chorus Frog Pacific Chorus Frog


Date: September 26th, 2009 | Comments : none | Categories: amphibians, Aquatic creatures, Autumn, Garden, Insects, Seasonal, Texas, USA, Water.

Frog and spider in my back yard pond, Lewisville, TexasFrog and spider in my back yard pond, Lewisville, Texas


Date: June 10th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: amphibians, Children, City Streets, Dallas, Seasonal, Smile, Summer, Texas, Unusual Interest, Water.

A boy at our local pool, saving a toad that had fallen in


Date: June 3rd, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: amphibians, Flowers, Garden, orange, Seasonal, Smile, Summer, Texas, USA.

Sun Star flower and little toad in the background.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly…The Good: A beautiful orange flowering plant called a Sun Star. All the little unexpected surprises, like this toad that I never would have seen if it had not popped out of the hole at the exact moment I happened to be looking there. The clay container with a hole in the center is designed to coil and contain garden hose, but being used as a plant pot. The Bad: having no choice about mowing the lawn on a 98*F day, and keeping edges formally trimmed because the neighbors have it that way. Also Bad: Fire ants that bite before you know you’re standing on a nest with bare feet……but Good: Fire ants keep the tough Texas soil aerated. The Ugly: me with ant-bite blisters, taking photos, mowing and edging the lawn on a 98*F day.


Toad popping out of a hole in a clay containerToad inside a clay garden-hose container


Date: June 1st, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: amphibians, Garden, Seasonal, Summer, Texas, USA.

Garden toad, Lewisville, TX


Garden toad, Lewisville, TXGarden toad, Lewisville, TX


Date: August 18th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: amphibians, Dallas, Garden, Seasonal, Summer, Texas.

Toad in the gardenToad in the garden


Date: August 25th, 2006 | Comments : none | Categories: amphibians, blue, Dallas, Dallas World Aquarium, Design, Texas, USA.

3 blue Poison Dart Frogs,  Dallas World Aquarium, Texas



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