Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Treading Water

"A pool is the eye of the garden
in whose candid depths is mirrored
its advancing grace. "
~ Louise Beebe Wilder

The days have been excessively hot this past week. Normal temperatures at this time of the year are usually between 72 -75 degrees, and pleasant.
Over the last few days, the temps have soared into the low 90 degrees, with almost suffocating humidity, and undoubtedly due to the recent floods, there are mosquitoes everywhere....

We have a new visitor taking up residence at the pond, a young bullfrog. He's been making his amorous calls day and night, summoning any eligible female within earshot to venture his way.

Cold, wet leaves
Floating on moss-colored water
And the croaking of frogs -
Cracked bell-notes in the twilight
~ The Pond, Amy Lowell

A new Japanese water Iris in bloom " Holden's Child"


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

A lovely post! I am hearing frogs on the pond near us--One of them must be off key because this evening when I was coming home, there was a BIG snapping turtle in our driveway coming from the direction of the pond--I wanted to get a picture of it, but it was not in a mood to pose...

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

What a beautiful pond you have Jo, love your new Japanese water iris. We have frogs galore since we had 2 weeks of storms and just rainy days..I love the sound though. I hope you have sunshine tomorrow...enjoy your Tuesday. Maura:)

Betsy Brock said...

It's been very warm up here, too! Your iris is gorgeous!

Barbara Anne said...

What a lovely iris and a beautiful pond. I'd so enjoy having both to enjoy here. Did y'all add the pond yourselves?

I overturn every container of standing water that I find in an effort to thwart mosquitoes. Deep Woods OFF helps, too, if you don't mind spraying yourself and then smelling like Eau Du OFF!

I'm glad you're back. Sip iced tea!


MadSnapper said...

we don't have bull frogs here,, but when it rains we get slimy big green rain frogs with suction cups on their feet. they make an awful racket, i like the sound of bull frogs.. have you ever heard a gator call its mate> talk about LOUD

Mary Lou said...

You have a beautiful pond. I love the iris.
We have a bull frog too, right behind our bedroom window. He croaks, the clock ticks, the fan hums and hubby,,,well...snors a little...all out of rhythm...lulls me to sleep.

Patsy said...

We have had a delay for some great reason with the mosquitoes, but now in the 90's every day.

DeniseinVA said...

I wish I could hear those frogs right now but mosquitoes? Not looking forward to them, they love me too much :) Lovely photos and another wonderful post, thanks Jo.

Merisi said...

What a beautiful walk down your garden path to the pond! :-)

Bernideen said...

How beautiful this all is-I so enjoyed my visit here!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Love the water Iris, Jo.... Did the bullfrog find a mate yet---or is he still 'singing'???

I'll bet the mosquitos are horrible --due to the flooding. Yipes!


Marilyn Jones said...

I also love your pond and iris. Iris are my favorite flower of all.
Enjoy the bull frog's song.


Kim said...

You have the prettiest pictures and the best quotes I have seen! I enjoy all of them very much. Thank you for the inspirations!