Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Yipes! Frogs In My Head!

terra cotta grecian style head
oberon my blue merle collie in elizabethan collar lays down on deck with broken leg
Spending more time on the sundeck while Oberon recovers. I will use the time to tidy up the deck. Hmm the terra cotta head is topsy-turvy. I'll begin with that-Yikes!

Claudette Colbert shows her shapely leg to stop a passing carI almost drop the head with a start!
Out pops a long, pale, green muscular leg, dangling its shapely form like Claudette Colbert stopping a passing car.
vintage pulp paperback science fiction cover art with sinister leprachaunIn a split second my mind flashes multiple images - Oberon's shaved post-operation leg, a human leg - nah too small and green - aha leprechaun!

Then it jumped and so did I!

friendly Pacific Tree frog befriends Oberon the Blue Merle CollieAnd it scurried under Oberon. Obers cuddled up with it as if to protect it. How long have they been chummin' together I wonder? How dare she keep secrets from me- after all the slippers I have sacrificed to her puppy teeth!

Pacific Tree Frog snuggles under sleeping Oberon my Blue Merle CollieI was already planning my 3 wishes while parting Ober's furry hind to find my leprechaun ... lo and behold thar it was ---Aahhw the sweetest little Pacific Tree Frog chillin' with Obers as casual as you please.

The frog and Oberon are so gentle and at ease - like they've known each other for ages

Pacific Tree Frogs in their Topsy Turvy Terra Cotta Head Home

Pacific Tree Frogs make a home in upturned terracotta pot My Terra Cotta Head Remains Topsy Turvy


Rosehaven Cottage said...

Just last week I had a pacific tree frog surprise similar to yours when I moved an overturned nursery tray and had one leap onto my forearm and try to stay there. Needless to say, the cold little body startled me A LOT. I instinctively brushed the frog off with great speed. I was bending over so it only had about six inches to travel back to the planter where it resides. Whew! I know EXACTLY how you felt.


P.S. THANK YOU!!! You've identified my peruvian daffodil for me!

West Coast Island Gardener said...

I am sure your wee frog has found his Froghaven at your beautiful Rosehaven Cottage.

Philip Bewley said...

Talk about magical! I love the You tube video! Wow. Isn't that just so much fun!
I think the frog must be Majestic Oberon's friend during recovery. It is such a great image of the two of them. I love it.
Tell Oberon I think the ruff looks very handsome. I am glad recovery is progressing. I love your blog. You have something very special.
Best Regards to you,Oberon and Oberons's frog friend.

Philip Bewley said...

Oberon has a magical friend! I love the you tube video. Tell Oberon I think the ruff is very handsome. I am pleased to see the recovery, and we look forward to seeing you on adventures on your blog. It looks like adventures come to you anyway!
Just wonderful!

Best Regards,

chey said...

That is so neat! What a sweet puppy protecting the frog. I love the shots of the frog under Oberon's fur! And the reflection of the frog in the water droplet is amazing!

Northern Shade said...

I love the shot of the tree frog in the terra cotta cave, what wonderful garden visitors.

West Coast Island Gardener said...

It does feel magical to be graced by such sweet creatures. It reminds me of the responsibility of stewardship gardeners have.

Oberon thinks she is QEI in her Elizbethan ruff.

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One almost needs a holster on the hip and finger on the trigger ready to shoot photos on both our coasts.

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Northern Shade -
Your damselfly on iris photo is a beautiful compostion of patterns and colour.

Isn't it a treat that gardeners enjoy an awareness of such interesting and beneficial wildlife.

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Blue Fox said...

I love tree frogs too - I used to have a lot in my greenhouse when it was first built, but now I seem to only find them outside on the north side of the house where it stays damp. I have a resident lizard in the greenhouse instead - it must be climate change!

kompoStella said...

hey there -
i find myself returning to your blog... ;-) wanted to ask you whether you're ok with me linking to your blog?

arcady said...

Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your kind comments on my blog(s)...especially encouraging as I have found it difficult to keep up with posting lately!

West Coast Island Gardener said...

Blue Fox
Yes, I beilieve our little amphibion friends are the gardener's global warming version of the canary in the coal mine.

As part of The BC Frogwatch Program
I am keeping track of the dates when the frogs start their spring mating croaking - to record climate change and its impact on the season change.

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Your passion for pelargoniums is wonderful.
Yes - feel free to link.

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The summer days are indeed busy ones for gardeners. All the more treat it is when one has time to sit down on the deck with tea and a laptop and enjoy your fabulous magazines, er, I mean, blog posts.

regards to you all!

Linda Lunda said...


Kathryn/ said...

I adore Pacific Coast Tree Frogs! One of my favorite critters in the world. I'm putting you in my blogroll, my dear. You are a special blogger! I see Philip has found you, too! :)

Kathryn/ said...

Oops. I realize the Oberon is a merle shelty. Sorry. :)