Since Earth Day was April 22nd, the theme at Focusing on Life for the month of April is “The Earth”.
That brought to mind the wonderful frog hunt I went on with my grandsons a few years ago. They were filled with excitement and awe at the prospect of seeing a frog, forget even getting to hold one!
It was a very special experience for me too. You know the ones. The ones that stick in your head for years. The stuff that great scrapbook pages are made of?!
Anyway, whenever I see a frog I think about what my oldest daughter told me; that the health of frogs are an indicator of how healthy the environment is.
“Most frogs require suitable habitat in both the terrestrial and aquatic environments, and have permeable skin that can easily absorb toxic chemicals.
These traits make frogs especially susceptible to environmental disturbances, and thus frogs are considered accurate indicators of environmental stress: the health of frogs is thought to be indicative of the health of the biosphere as a whole.”
I can only hope that my grandchildren are able to hunt for frogs with their grandchildren.
And what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lonely cry of a whippoorwill or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night?
Chief Seattle, 1854
Barbara Hurst says
So darn sweet Barb, a boy thing and you captured it, just love this as a Grandma of a couple of boys. So special
how adorable! that sweet cheek and innocence!
S. Etole says
The awe of a child caught so well. I like that quote by Chief Seattle, too.
I didn’t know that about frogs, how neat. Such a special yet simple adventure. We have frogs or toads maybe out back that like to scare me to death at night when I let my dogs outside. I guess the yard is doing okay!
Perfect photo it sums up the beauty of childhood…
Love it when we come across a frog! Such a sweet shot!
Beautiful capture of that moment of wonder! And I know just what you mean about those ‘special’ days with our grandchildren. I was culling photos on my iPad last night and came across so many of those perfectly ordinary, wonderful days. Now I find myself looking forward to summer days when there is no school instead of getting nervous about ‘what am I going to do to keep her happy all day long?’
Cathy H. says
Such a sweet photo and such a wonderful reminder to protect our earth! My grandboys all love the go on nature hunts and pick up rocks and sticks and such. I hope I’m instilling in them a love for our world.
What a sweet shot this is, Barb!
And such a wonderful memory too.
jeanne stone says
Such an adorable shot this is. i remember many happy hours catching frogs and also tadpoles in the spring. How fun it is watching the tadpole turn in to that little hopper!
Bonnie Sanders says
Love this shot…so cute! great composition