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U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Creatures In My Garden

TREEFROG


This is a Pacific treefrog, 2 inches long and with a distinctive black mask on its face.
The detailed and very interesting information on it can be found on the site of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
I learned from this site, for example, that  the ribbit-ribbit call belongs to this specific type of  frogs
and that Hollywood moviemakers use Pacific treefrog calls to convey the feeling of nighttime outdoors. 


This particular frog didn't want to leave my watering wand even after I gently shook it.
It took several attempts to persuade it to jump down and then let me use the watering hose.


It gave me A LOOK!


SLUGS

The next creature doesn't evoke friendly feelings, but I should admit that I kind of admired
its sophisticated appearance.


Texture, texture, texture!





Slugs move slow, but they eat fast!






This is my poor cabbage:


SPIDERS


These are not my favorite creatures, but they and their webs and traps are fascinating.








Thanks to spiders, there are flowers floating in the air:



... and leaves dancing in the wind:




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22 comments:

  1. Amazing photos, Tatyana! I've never seen a tree frog like this before, but I certainly have seen the slugs...but I've never ventured this close to one before:)

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    1. Rose, these orange slugs at least look nice, but those gray-black.... Brrrr.... But, I'd love to see one of them close. When close, they look more interesting!

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  2. I love how you pointed out that, thanks to spider webs, there are flowers and leaves dancing in the air! The textures of the slug were also marvelous, as were the photos of its "bite marks" along the edge of the leaf it was eating.

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    1. Gaia Gardener, I'd never seen a slug 'mouth' so close before! It's like a dull saw!

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  3. It's amazing how much life our gardens contain! Your pictures are gorgeous but I might have been tempted to send the slug to a neighbor's yard.

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    1. Outlawgardener, I sent them to a better place, he-he...

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  4. Great pictures of the slug eating! But Eeeeewwww! All that mucus... I have flowers floating in the air too. That tree frog was definitely giving you attitude.

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    1. Alison, the frog was amazing! It just didn't want to leave that warm wand! As for the slug, it's not only mucus... Look at the first picture of it, left side... That is Eeeewwwwww!

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  5. Che scatti stupendi, complimenti.
    Mi piace moltissimo la piccola rana verde.
    Ciao ciao
    Loretta

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  6. I have lots of frogs and unfortunately the slugs in my yard/woods. Spiders are everywhere this time of year too.

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    1. JC, I think that there are more spiders this year than ever!

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  7. The tree frogs are cute. But slugs, well, I guess they all have their place in Nature's plan. Those slugs do look interesting and BIG! Great photos!

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    1. Dorothy,thanks! I also was thinking about slugs and their place in this world. To feed hedgehogs and snakes?

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  8. Great macros! That tree frog is so cute. I know the slugs have a place, but they've caused so much damage in my garden this year. Oh well...

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    1. PlantPosting, I hear you! Sluga are the main pests here.

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  9. Woahhh!!!
    A world of its on Tatyana.
    I'm amazed to visit your garden and see a totally new world here.
    Thanks for sharing the creatures of the garden here..

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  10. Love your critters especially the colorful slug...ours are not colorful...and our tree frog is the size of my thumb nail and gray...so elusive too.

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    1. Donna, I just found another slug, a grey one. It's not as colorful as this orange one. I'll post pictures soon.

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  11. Your photography amazes me. The frog is adorable, but the slug was not made more handsome by the closeup.

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    1. Sarah, thank you! I think that slug is .... almost pretty. I feel almost sorry to terminate it (I don't feel sorry about other type, the grey one).

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