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April 8th, 2009 · 15 Comments

This is the current condition of our pool.

pool-frog-4-8-09-015-smallThe beach ball is down there waiting.

pool-frog-4-8-09-013-smallIt’s a mess.

pool-frog-4-8-09-012-smallBut there is a surprise hiding down there in the murky water. (Don’t worry, it’s not a bad one!)


We discovered her today and she is already named, by my youngest son. Her name is Bentley.  At first we assumed that she was a boy, but after my daughter did some internet research we think she is a girl.


My daughter discovered that if the tympanic member is about the same size as the eye, it’s a girl.  If it is larger, it’s a boy.  So, I introduce to you, Bentley the girl Bullfrog!

She was a good reminder to me today that even in places where it seems that nothing special exists, you just need to look a little deeper.

Have you made one of these discoveries lately?

Tags: Home & Garden · Wild Critters

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Se'Lah // Apr 9, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Why yes indeed. I’ve gotten quite a few unexpected, pleasant surprises by Mother Nature lately.

    Wonder what sound Bentley makes…

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  • 2 elk // Apr 9, 2009 at 9:01 am

    can Bently be considered amazing? I think so…
    what will you do with Bently’s pool?

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  • 3 spread your wings // Apr 9, 2009 at 9:39 am

    i saw a tiny little frog just the other day and was going to post a photo. he/ she was sitting on top of a moon sculpture – so cute. he was the same color as the sand sculpture.

  • 4 Gayle // Apr 9, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Hi Se’Lah!
    So far we haven’t heard a peep from her! It has been cold here. Maybe they are quiet until their water warms up.

    Hi elk!
    That is a good question. We are looking into low cost options now, but nothing seems to be low cost when it relates to a pool. My kids want Bentley to live inside in a tank!

    Hi spread your wings!
    How cool!

  • 5 Shalet // Apr 9, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    That’s awesome! My kids would love that frog!!! And I am in love with the idea of looking a little deeper for the special things. Perfect!

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  • 6 Chocolate and Whine // Apr 9, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Adorable! I love frogs and I think the name is fantastic! Thanks for reminding me to look a little deeper for that something special.

    Chocolate and Whine’s last blog post..This took all day to write and now I can’t come up with a title.

  • 7 Shannon // Apr 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Last year we had a little frog or maybe it was a toad, move into my little water fountain. He/she lived there all summer. I’m interested to see if he/she returns this year. Do you have any plans for your pool?

  • 8 Angela // Apr 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Are frogs reptiles? Cute frog, but I am P-Petrified of reptiles. I wonder if there are slithers in there? Are you going to redo your pool? I’ve always wanted a pool, but now my inlaws have one at each of their houses, so I think I’ll do without! They are high maintenance!

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  • 9 Gayle // Apr 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Shalet!
    Yes, my kids love Bentley and want her to live in the house with us!

    Hi Chocolate and Whine!
    It funny that sometimes when I need it most (like yesterday when I was in a bad mood) something special presents itself. I’m thankful that I was able to get out of my mood enough to appreciate it!

    Hi Shannon!
    That would be interesting to find out if your little frog/toad returns!

    Hi Angela!
    Frogs are amphibians, not reptiles. We do have snakes around, but not in that murky water (I hope) because that would be creepy. I like snakes but I don’t want one to surprise me! You are right, the pool is a high maintenance annoyance!

  • 10 Kim@ Forever Wherever // Apr 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    My boys would love the frog! They have done more than one report on frogs to convience me to buy them. One time we found a Barking Tree Frog. It really barked like a dog!!! It would be in the other room and you would think there was a dog in there. No joke! We let him go in our yard.

    Your photo is awesome!


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  • 11 lmerie // Apr 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Something that goes ribbit and hops like a rabbit!

    Happy Easter!

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  • 12 Gayle // Apr 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Kim!
    That is so funny! It would be so weird to see a frog bark! Thank you!

    Hi lmerie!
    Yes! I hope your Easter was wonderful!

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