Portraits of Wildflowers

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Small frog on a palmetto leaf

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On November 11th at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center the Lady Eve caught site of a small frog on a palmetto leaf (Sabal minor) and called my attention to it.

UPDATE: This appears to be an American green tree frog, Dryophytes cinereus. Austin is at the western edge of the range for that species.

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I invite you to take a look at Michael Shellenberger and Peter Boghossian‘s chart showing the taxonomy of the Woke religion. “We decided to publish the Woke Religion Taxonomy because it was helpful to our own understanding of Wokeism as a religion, and we felt it might help others. The Taxonomy identifies common myths and supernatural beliefs and helps explain why so many people continue to hold them, despite overwhelming evidence that they are false. We are under no illusion that the taxonomy will reduce the power that Wokeism holds over true believers. But we also believe it will help orient those who are confused by its irrationalism, and are seeking an accessible overview. Finally, we are publishing it because we recognize that we might be wrong, either about matters of fact or classification, and hope it will encourage a healthy discussion and debate. As such, we have published it with the caveat that it is ‘Version 1.0’ with the expectation that we will revise it in the future.”

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 11, 2021 at 4:30 AM

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  1. How delightful.


    December 11, 2021 at 5:04 AM

    • I got the impression the little frog didn’t find getting its portrait made delightful, as it changed position a couple of times during my picture-taking.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 11, 2021 at 7:15 AM

  2. Perfect.
    I really like the different greens here.


    December 11, 2021 at 5:36 AM

    • I was so focused on getting pictures that I never thought about the differing greens, so it’s good that you mentioned that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 11, 2021 at 7:17 AM

  3. Aw, what a sweetie! It’s good to see a frog this time of year.


    December 11, 2021 at 7:28 AM

    • As we haven’t yet had a freeze or even a frost, little froggies like this one may still be hanging out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 11, 2021 at 7:34 AM

  4. When I saw ‘frog’ and ‘palmetto leaf’ I assumed you’d be showing a photo from your time at Palmetto State Park. I have a few frog on a palmetto leaf images, and sure enough; they’re from the spot at the San Bernard Refuge that’s thick with palmettos. At the time I never considered using flash, which would have been useful given the deep shade and the nearly identical colors of the frog and its leaf. This image is delightful, partly because of the juxtaposition of the horizontal frog and the more vertical leaf. Not only that, your frog’s awake. Mine was napping, which was cute but not so interesting.


    December 11, 2021 at 9:02 AM

    • Imagine that: you have frog-on-palmetto-leaf pictures too. And yes, it was also a coincidence that I’ve been showing pictures from Palmetto State Park, yet this froggie was at the Wildflower Center. The froggie was in a shaded area, so without flash I would’ve had a pretty shallow depth of field. My one dissatisfaction is that the shadows the flash cast are starker than I’d have liked. While I could have posted this yesterday and called it Frog Friday, I so rarely get to photograph frogs that there’s no chance Frog Friday could become a theme.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 11, 2021 at 10:28 AM

  5. I like your little frog you found, Steve. I am hearing more tree frogs now that we are in the wet season.

    Lavinia Ross

    December 11, 2021 at 9:43 AM

  6. The frog looks very content, as it knows that its picture will be shown around the entire globe.

    Peter Klopp

    December 11, 2021 at 10:23 AM

    • Based on the comments so far, the froggie has been seen in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Europe.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 11, 2021 at 10:45 AM

  7. A charming character


    December 11, 2021 at 11:16 AM

  8. What superb detail you’ve captured in this delightful little frog!!

    Birder's Journey

    December 11, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    • We even have miniature frogs here, only about an inch long. Compared to them, this one was easy to photograph.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 11, 2021 at 5:00 PM

  9. It is a very handsome frog… a prince perhaps? 😉

    Eliza Waters

    December 11, 2021 at 7:10 PM

  10. The publication of Shellenberger’s and Boghossian’s Woke Religion Taxonomy seems slightly superfluous to me; if you know, you know. If you don’t, you probably don’t care. But, perhaps, in the context of the US, it could be helpful. I don’t mean that you shouldn’t share the Taxonomy but I do think that their views come across better in other formats. For example, I found this interview on Radio New Zealand interesting and informative. https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018822669/peter-boghossian-on-starting-up-anti-woke-anti-elite-school Also what is ‘woke’ in one country may not be ‘woke’ in another. In NZ, for example, it is the right of every person to have decent housing (not simply shelter). And, last week, our Parliament unanimously passed a sex self-identification law which will make it easier to amend a person’s sex on their birth certificate. I don’t know if these comments are particularly coherent; my education was lacking in the Socratic Method!


    December 11, 2021 at 7:45 PM

    • That’s a good article you linked to. You’re right that the position against “wokeism” needs to be fleshed out with explanations. The taxonomy chart is merely a quick way of showing how the beliefs and practices of that ideology fit into the framework of a religion.

      It must not have escaped your notice that the new university Boghossian and others are working to establish is right here in Austin. I mentioned it and gave further links in my commentary a month ago:

      Sunflowers from behind

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 12, 2021 at 5:59 AM

      • Correct. It did not escape my attention. I have read many articles in favour of the new university and many which are not so much in favour. Either way it will add to the diversity of educational options available in the US.


        December 12, 2021 at 7:51 PM

        • I do hope it gets up and running before too long. I assume the articles not in favor are from true believers who won’t tolerate any deviation from the reigning orthodoxy.

          Steve Schwartzman

          December 12, 2021 at 8:02 PM

          • No, not always. I would consider some of the articles as more of questioning/sceptical in nature. That is, from my point of view, quite normal when new ideas are proposed.


            December 12, 2021 at 8:22 PM

            • Except that it’s not a new idea. It’s a return to what, until recently, a university was supposed to be: a place for pursuing the truth, not promoting ideology.

              Steve Schwartzman

              December 12, 2021 at 8:39 PM

  11. Sweet little froggy that Eve caught sight of. It’s handy to have a skilled spotter along with you.

    Steve Gingold

    December 12, 2021 at 4:29 AM

    • She finds lots of things for me. This photograph encroaches on your domain, subjectwise.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 12, 2021 at 5:51 AM

      • Yes and no. Frog yes, green frog yes, but it appears to be a green treefrog which I have never seen around here and, according to iNaturalist, only comes as close as NYC so my domain no.

        Steve Gingold

        December 12, 2021 at 6:28 AM

    • It’s a lovely little frog! I wonder if I can persuade my hubby to act as a spotter for me…he’s good at spotting attractive plants in garden centres. (An enabler, hehe!)

      Ann Mackay

      December 12, 2021 at 11:06 AM

      • Two heads (four eyes) are better than one (two eyes). When I’m out photographing by myself, which is the norm, I assume I’ve missed things. A second person reduces the number of missed things.

        Steve Schwartzman

        December 12, 2021 at 1:51 PM

  12. How cool!! 💚


    December 12, 2021 at 9:50 AM

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