Kip’s Comments 8-14-19

Bullfrog in Hand - Image 582392 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Three Stories

While driving down a blacktop road today movement in the opposite lane caught my attention. As I slowed to see what was thrashing around, I realized I was seeing a large bullfrog belly-up on the road with all four frog legs doing what could be done, without success, to flip itself over. Knowing the frog would soon become a stain on the road if I did nothing, I stopped to check it out and move it off the road. The frog did not seem healthy, but I did move it away from the road.   

Since the area sees little traffic right now, I wonder if the frog hadn’t been en route to becoming a meal for a great blue heron and somehow escaped. I have no other way to explain its location and condition. If it had been hit by a car, I saw no bleeding and felt no injuries.  

Bullfrog in Hand:   

Bullfrog in Hand - Image 582392 (© Kip Ladage)

Bullfrog in Hand – Image 582392 (© Kip Ladage) 

 

On another road a multitude of orange blossoms drew my gaze. Hundreds of jewelweed (aka touch-me-not) were blooming in a moist ditch. Seeing the blossoms reminded me of how when our son was young we tested the theory that the juice of jewelweed would minimize or numb the sting of nettles. He said it did not work. I have used the remedy with some success. For more details about this treatment option, read this article that includes using it to treat poison ivy too:

Jewelweed and Stinging Nettles   

Jewelweed (Touch-me-not) - Image 582383 (© Kip Ladage)

Jewelweed (Touch-me-not) – Image 582383 (© Kip Ladage)

 

My final story does not amount to much. I saw this hawk, stopped the truck, shot a few pictures, and the hawk flew off. Not much for a story..sorry!   

Red-tailed Hawk in Dead Tree:

Red-tailed Hawk in Dead Tree - Image 582399 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-tailed Hawk in Dead Tree – Image 582399 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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