A TINY FROG IN DORSET


Frog Totnell 2015 9 I was lying on the grass for rustic maintenance reasons when something small and greeny-yellow leapt onto my hand. And off again quickly. A tiny frog, dwarfed by mere pea-gravel, yet perfectly formed. It wasn’t in a hurry so I ran indoors, grabbed a camera, and had a leisurely photo session with it. I assume it’s just a juvenile common or garden frog Croakus vulgaris frequentis, but if anyone knows different I’d be pleased to know. You can see me reflected in the frog’s eye in the header image.Frog Totnell 2015 2Frog Totnell 2015 1Frog Totnell 2015 3

THE FROG HAS PICKED UP A COMPANIONFrog Totnell 2015 5Frog Totnell 2015 6Frog Totnell 2015 8Frog Totnell 2015 7Frog Totnell 2015 10

SIZE COMPARISON WITH A LAWN DAISYFrog Totnell 2015 4

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A SPRING FROG IN THE GARDEN


A FROG IN THE GARDEN

My reflection can be seen in the frog’s eye (click twice to enlarge image), an unintentional result

THE NEXT GENERATION… We went away for the weekend, and came back to find a bird bath full of fresh frogspawn! I have put some wire over it – the blackbirds use it for their lengthy ablutions, often nearly emptying it. The frogspawn wouldn’t stand a chance… Strangely, there’s also a tiny freshwater shrimp in the bowl. I’ve no idea how that came to be there. Updates will follow