frogs

It’s autumn, and I welcome the cooler mornings, but we are also having daily deluges more like tropical summer storms. In the first five days of March we had 124 mm — or six inches if you’re my age — and that’s on top of what we’d already received in 2017.  By New Year it […]

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This gorgeous Green Tree Frog is probably the best known frog in Australia, but no less special for that. He’s the source of the very deep and monotonous ‘wark-wark-wark’  that I hear at the bottom of a nearby downpipe, presumably when he reckons rain is coming. This one was quiet, post-rain and dozing on a […]

As the rain falls, the ground squelches and dams overflow, I thought of a very short story (fiction) I wrote a few years ago… The raw orange scar of the new dam was ugly. Wherever she stood, it leapt out from the subtle shades of the surrounding unskinned bush to catch in the corners of […]

In my rainforest nursery shadehouse the sprinklers come on automatically, keeping it cool and wet and green. Naturally frogs love it. Snakes like frogs, so as the snake season heats up, I was tidying up in there. Snake-covering grass and weeds had grown up in between the foam boxes filled with recycled milk carton ‘pots’, […]

The only bathtub around here is outdoors, cold water only — the toothpaste green bathtub that serves as the horse trough. One day in late summer, after rain had caused it to overflow, I noticed it was full of tiny brown tadpoles. The water level is usually well below the rim, but some misguided frog […]

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