...to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free....

23 June, 2011


Chug-a-RUM!  Chug-a-RUM!  
Ploink!  Ploink!
 Wah, wah, WAH, WAH, WAH!

These are the sounds I sleep to this time of year.
(Not to mention hear all day long.)
Our pond is full of amphibian life.
You can clearly tell who the granddaddy frog is--
his is the loudest and longest Wah, wah, wah in the night.

By day my favorite intrepid frog fetchers 
occasionally creep around the shore,
wade in the shallows,
signal to each other silently.

They have a strict catch and release policy,
and have agreed not to net the big
granddaddy who lives near my bedroom window.

A rite of summer if there ever was one!

It is such exhausting labor that it calls for a little dip 
at the end of the hunt.

Happy summer, everyone!


  1. Makes me wish I were a kid again!!

  2. Brings back such great memories. So enjoyed this.

  3. oh this is great! i love seeing kids enjoy the same thing generations ago did too! :)

  4. Aaaaaaah ~~give a kid some water and they are entertained for hours love it !!

  5. How fun! I love the sound of an ol' bullfrog.
    We have loads of toads this year and they are always hopping out from under the hydrangea. I giggle when they are in the grass where I can't see them but can see the blades swaying underneath my feet. Ribbit!

  6. Mike, great pics! I remember my froggin days fondly! Wah, wah, wah!

  7. What beautiful photos. They take me right back to the magical times of my childhood. I remember going to the local frog pond very early in the morning when my brother had his first camera, and we lay in wait very silently and still as he tried to get a photo. No telescopic lenses in those days, so it wasn't an easy task. But just being there and listening to the frogs was wonderful.

  8. I love the song of frogs at night, we used to have a farm pond at our last house. Enjoyed seeing the fun pics. It sure took it's sweet time getting here, but yes, Welcome Summer! ~Lili