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Waterlily Warden

May 1, 2018

Waterlily Warden

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Patrick David Moldowan Patrick David Moldowan

Quick. Think of a green animal.  

Let me guess. Was it a frog?

Maybe it is their spring cacophony. Or the iconic verdant skin of a few species. Or maybe we can thank a childhood full of the Muppet character Kermit the frog. Whatever the root of our love affair with frogs, there is little denying that these animals quintessentially represent “green”.

The mink frog (Lithobates septentrionalis) seen here is a denizen of well-vegetated northern lakes and bogs. This species is named for the musty odor (akin to that of the mammal mink) it exudes when handled. Beautiful all the same, but pee-ew.

I, for one, am very happy that good things come in multiples. Having winter tranquility broken by warming temperatures, sprouting wildflowers, and the onset of a frog chorus at dusk is one of nature’s greatest gifts. With that, bring on spring!

EDITOR’S NOTE: This photo was chosen as the top submission for Wild View’s Go Green assignment.

Canon Rebel XTi, 18-55mm Lens


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