Surrey365; Day 48. Red frogs.
When we moved here in summer 2009, the first thing we did (before we even moved in) was build a pond in the garden. Within a couple of weeks, the first frogs appeared, one of whom was a very large and strikingly coloured female. She was brick red; the first red frog I’d ever seen, and considerably bigger than any of the other frogs. She stuck around for years, appearing at breeding time every February/March without fail, and we’d see her intermittently throughout the year, too. Last year we found her dead in the pond at the end of the breeding season, and since she was a (very) fully grown adult when we first saw her, we figured she’d had a pretty long and happy life.
Today, this bright orange little frog hopped past me in the garden. I’d like to think that it’s one of our original red frog’s offspring, carrying on the brightly coloured line. I hope this one lives as long as its mother. 🙂