Category Archives: Wildlife

Pollen Explosion!

While snapping pictures of our Rose of Sharon bushes, I snapped this dynamic photo of a bumble bee. She was laden with pollen already, and her poking around in the flower caused a spray of pollen speckles.

Pollen Explosion


Ducks in a Row

On a recent hike, we saw several groups of ducks sunning themselves. It was just that kind of day, I guess.

Ducks in a Row

Ducks in a Row


Snake on a Stick

We see all sorts of wildlife while walking around Hinckley Reservation; we are disappointed if we don’t see at least 2 herons and one snake.  For some reason this snake was quite enchanting.  See how he (she?) is casually draped on the stick sunning himself over the water.

Snake on a Stick


Great Blue Heron

This Great Blue Heron was patiently waiting for dinner while a fish was splashing around behind.  I think the fish was taunting him – not a smart move really.  What do you think?

Great Blue Heron

This was in Hinckley Reservation, if you have not guessed that yet.


So, is it a Frog or a Toad?

I am not sure how to tell the difference between a frog and a toad, but we found this little beast (and a whole army more) on a hike yesterday at Hinckley Reservation.  (A group of frogs is an army or a knot.)

Frog or Toad?

Frog or Toad?

In my limited world, if it was brown, it was a toad.  This cutie is brown, but my best guess is that it is not a toad and is a frog. Here are some frog characteristics from Answers.com:

  • Frogs have finer bodies with narrower waists while toads’ bodies are broader.
  • When on a flat surface, frogs lie flat, but toads tend to sit upright.
  • Frogs have feet which are specially structured to act as suction caps to enable them to climb trees and other surfaces.
  • Frogs have slimy, slippery and delicate skin, but toads have drier skin with warts.
  • Generally, frogs live near water. Toads tend to live away from water.

It was more slender than most toad that I have seen.  It did hug the ground, and the toes seemed to have flat tips.  It didn’t have a warty skin.  It was right next to the reservoir.

Did I mention that it was really tiny?

It IS Tiny

It IS Tiny

So, are you with me?  Is it a frog?

Rosemarie Hanus makes beads in her home studio, but has never made a frog bead.  See these “not frog” beads at EtsyArt Fire, or her Spawn of Flame website.


Just a Walk in the Park

We went on a hike on Friday at the Hinckley Reservation;.  It was what we call a glorious Akron day – overcast, damp, and cool.  This is typical weather here in Northeast Ohio, and I guess that I have learned to appreciate this type of day.

I disturbed a Great Blue Heron.  I must have taken just a little too long for his comfort to frame the shot.  He indignantly flew to the other end of the reservoir.

Aggravated Great Blue Heron

Aggravated Great Blue Heron

The dampness brought many tidbits to my sense of smell.  The woods smelled of freshly decomposing leaves.  It was a clean, earthy smell – quite pleasant and reminds me of why our vegetation is quite lush this time of year.

The air also hung heavy with the scent of wild roses.  They smelled quite sweet right now, but not cloying at all.

Wild Roses

Wild Roses

It was a perfect day.


Wild Turkey Reprise

Gratuitus Bead - Phoenix

Gratuitus Bead - Phoenix

I was driving to work early this morning in Interstate 77, and something in the periphery of my vision caught my attention. It was two wild turkeys walking in the grass beside the road. Now, this was well within what I would call the city, so I was quite startled. I wish I could have had a better look, but – I was driving.

I saw a whole flock of them recently and there used to be at least one that ranged near my house, but other that that, sightings are rare. I hope that this means that they are becoming more common here.

When I am not driving to work, I make beads. Check them out at Etsy or my Spawn of Flame website.