Hang Out To Dry

From a distance this Blanchard's cricket frog looked like it was hung out to dry.

Buffy and I started on the trail around Jones Lake (Saline County Conservation Area). The sky was vivid blue with an occasional puffy cloud. A pair of wood ducks swam out in the middle of the lake, and a pair of geese stayed close to us, honking as they swam.

A small frog jumped into an area of sticks and honeysuckle. “Hang out to dry,” immediately came to mind because of how the frog’s postition looked from my angle. I knew if I moved closer, it would jump. Frogs usually aren’t cooperative. I know from past experience to take pictures, then ease a little closer, then take more pictures, etc. (Later when I had the picture in computer I saw that the frog’s hind legs were supported.) It’s position sure looked funny from my perspective.

Buffy and I walked on. Occasionally a larger frog jumped from the bank into the water. A snake slipped into the water. Its head poked up by a plant. It saw me and slipped back in. Minnows caused little ripples near the shore. None of the 3 butterflies I saw ever landed. Another small frog jumped (picture below). This one was smaller and quite difficult to see, much less locate with my camera. There’s no finding these little ones unless they jump.

Unidentified frog

New crawdad mound

Crawdads had been busy after last night’s storm. This and another mound I found  earlier were shiny-wet looking. This is the first I’ve seen that showed how the mound was made with balls of mud. The closed top will keep out any more rain.

One time I was in the backyard after a strong storm had passed. Water filled a crawdad hole to within a couple inches of the top. A small piece of bark floated in it. The crawdid (which I couldn’t see) used one of its antennae to slowly push the bark back and forth, playing with it.

Seed capsules of seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia)

These seedbox capsules (left) have probably been used in designs for trinket boxes. Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia) grows in wet areas and has yellow flowers that bloom June through August.

Canada geese

The Canada geese decided not to follow us any more. Buffy and I headed back to truck. We still had more things to find. An outing isn’t over until we’re home.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I have never seen the seed box things! The frog looks like it is being dramatically hot, or something like that. 😀 😀

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