Saturday, September 15, 2012

scratch and sniff frogs and origami seed baskets

Every once in a while, you need to pull the refrigerator away from the corner and clean the floor underneath it. The only remedy for having done so, is going outside with the camera. So this afternoon, we visited the little wetland across the road. The water’s low, and we only spotted one frog, and one tadpole.

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This, I believe, is a green frog (Lithobates clamitans), not to be confused with its northern cousin, the mink frog (Lithobates septentrionalis), which you can identify by its scent of rotten onions. It’s the “scratch-and-sniff” frog. See, had I known that ahead of time, think of the fun we would have had!

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Sunflowers: good for the soul.

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And now for musk mallow.

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Sweetpea refers to this as an origami seed basket.

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I defy you to come up with a better design.

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Indeed, it’s hard to improve on mother nature.

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