Frog in a Bog

The chorus has arrived. Only the other day Sarah Longes commented that the frog’s chorus should be with us any minute. I did not know her powers extended to the bogs of North County Cork, but they clearly do.

At the weekend I asked if the frogs were out yet, only to be told “not yet”. Well a walk down the bog completely disproved that comment – Β despite a harsh wind the croaks could clearly be heard.

My challenge was now to try and see these reptiles before they dived for cover in the depths of the bog. Not always easy when the Hound makes his presence well known.

Of course the frogs up this neck of the woods do not possess a fraction of the colour of their amazonian counterparts, but neither do they carry lethal venom. So not as photogenic but a lot safer.

Spring is definitely here.

I also feel that I cannot complete this post without a mention of one of my favourite gardens which I have managed to gain a glimpse of through Julie’s Blog – Frog Pond Farm.

What a name. I love it.








41 thoughts on “Frog in a Bog

  1. Tadpole… isn’t that a very funny name! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    But you who have english as your native language are of course used to it. As the swedish language certainly have many “funny” words as well.
    I found this about tadpoles in my dictionary: “also called pollywog or porwigle in British English”
    = even more funny (read: were new words to me)
    Have a nice day! With the sun shining from a blue sky and lots of signs of spring!

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    1. Never heard of pollywog or prodigal which sound very odd to me. A lot os sayings sound so silly when translated directly as well. All good fun. Enjoy your day Ninna, MM πŸ€


      1. Neither had I! πŸ˜€
        I came to think of the British expression “it’s raining cats and dogs” (which is hilarious) and we say, directly translated : “it’s raining small nails” (equally hilarious)
        So one can’t always take things literary…
        (it’s raining fish……)
        Have a nice day!

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      2. Exactly Ninna. In Portugal they say “talk by the elbows’ meaning they go on and on. Another English one is “laugh like a drain” – it makes no sense. πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸ€


  2. Frogs in the bog, lovely post and some real character images. I never thought I’d say that about frogs! Real gumboot stuff to get these I would imagine πŸ™‚

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    1. Cheers Lee, the channel they were in is below a path, steeply and roughly banked. this meant that I didn’t need the gum boots, though it was not possible to get down to their level without going for a swim. hence the images are largely looking down on them. Not convinced that impromptu bog snorkelling is really my thing, πŸ˜”


      1. Bog snorkelling – now that could become a new craze πŸ™‚ But again with your cold weather I guess it would only appeal to the foolhardy, or maybe a photographer or two?

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      2. Argh, only the Irish could make a sport out of that !!! Well maybe the Irish Australians could too πŸ™‚


    1. Cheers, I was using the 24-105 for most of these shots as I did not have anything longer on me. Next time….Spring is definitely coming, despite the frost that greeted us this morning…πŸ‘


  3. Your photos are great. So full of detail and fun. Frogs are always such fun to watch. Back home in Scotland, my sons and I would regularly walk around a wooded loch in order to watch the progress of the frog life cycle. My kids loved it when the shore line was teeming with tiny baby frogs. We’ve found a frog pond near us in Pennsylvania so we will need to go soon and see if there is any spawn or other signs of spring.

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    1. Frog Soup. Now that would have been a good title for one of the images. Like it. Don’t suppose there are many of these critters where you are….Enjoy your week Martin. πŸ€


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