Murky But Beautiful

Water Nymph
The Pond Is Murky But Beautiful

‘Tis but the scattered reflections from a murky pond that come from here. Yet the pond is deeper than that and, though murky, it holds within its darkling waters beauty.

So don’t be too afraid to enter it. Exert some caution though; some of the naiads are rusalky.

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O Christmas Frog

Well, that’s not something you see every day, or even every holiday season – the rare Christmas Frog. ­čść

Christmas Frog - You just know that PETA will freak
Rana Tannenbaumensis – The Christmas Frog

The Christmas Frog (Rana tannenbaumensis) is rare these days due to religious and ideological destruction but can still be found in North America and Western Europe and was once part of Christmas celebrations.

O Christmas Frog, O Christmas Frog,
Your bellies glow delight us!
They’re warm when summer days are bright,
They’re warm when winter snow is white.
O Christmas Frog, O Christmas Frog,
Your bellies glow delight us!

OK, OK – It’s a tree frog that has swallowed a Christmas light, mistaking it for a firefly. ­čśŤ

Of course, if this pic goes viral, how long do you think it’ll be before PETA winds themselves up and starts protesting outdoor Christmas lights because of the potential for frog’s swallowing them? They’ll probably start a “Swamp Puppies” pseudo-education campaign reminiscent of their Sea Kittens propaganda.

So to preemptively strike and forestall any attempt by PETA to move in that direction, I present you with a sampling of the Swap Puppy:

Canis Palus – Swamp Puppies

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NOTE: For those who might be interested, the frog in the image is a Cuban Tree Frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) and the photo was taken in August, 2009 by James Snyder in his backyard in southern Florida.

After the photo Mr. Snyder pulled the light out of the frog’s mouth and he was fine, having suffered no ill effects from ingesting the light-bulb.

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