Tree Frog in a Pickle Jar

Northern Spring Peeper - Pseudacris crucifer crucifer

Ever seen those huge jars of pickles
at your local grocery store?

Why purchase an aquarium when you can repurpose a pickle jar as a terrarium or fishbowl. Just remember to NEVER EVER screw the lid on but just rest it gently on top. But this probably is not the best choice, especially with children in the household. A lid made of window screen held on by wire or a rubber band would work best. NEVER place the jar in direct sunlight..... goes without saying.

This little critter was rescued and will be released as soon as Spring is officially in progress. I have just the spot already picked out..... with plenty of Peeper company ;0)

Nature Art by Carolyn Hietala


My lame attempt at photographing my Beta "Blue"

I Am Sometimes Shy But.....

I'm Definitely A Pretty Boy.....

With A Very Dashing Silhouette!

You Have GOT To Be ENVIOUS Of My Sex Appeal!

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Recycle Those Cappuccino Coffee Cups..... OR - What do millipedes, plants & a Spring Peeper frog all have in common?

Most of us have discarded cups that we have become either tired of or because they have been chipped or cracked. I use these potential throwaways as starter pots to propagate house plants. My millipede terrarium needed cleaning so I seized the opportunity to add some decor..... old chipped or less than perfect china housing greenery. I also included artificial ivy and a worn vintage plate for more interest. The additions effectively conceal from immediate view the food / water dishes and the small fishbowl of substrate where the millipedes hangout during the daylight hours. Sorry no pictures of the millipedes as they are asleep but see my label "millipede" and there they are.

This view of the tank from above shows the Spring Peeper tree frog nestled beside the dish (click on image to supersize) of dog food. Yesterday the little fellow very happily spent the day in the water dish. Just north of the frog is the fishbowl housing the millipedes. I hope this arrangement works well for all inhabitants ;0)
Nature Art by Carolyn Hietala


Donning a peppering of dewdrops, these glistening Mushroom steps.....

..... beckon that adventuresome fairy with a hankerin' to climb ;0) If you believe in fairies that is ;0)
Image by Adrienne Celeste... thanks!
Nature Artist Carolyn Hietala


Guess what I am ;0)

I apologize.
This IS an easy one for all you Nature Lovers out there ;0)

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Just another intricate design by Mother Nature! Thanks Adrienne for sharing this photo with us. These last few weeks I have been researching macro lenses and hope to purchase one very soon for my Canon Rebel XT. I am looking forward to exploring nature even closer..... REAL "upfront & personal." So Exciting!
Nature Art by Carolyn Hietala


Regarding REINCARNATION - Why I personally would wish NOT to return as a CAT ;0)

"Don't be rude! I am NOT an exhibitionist.
A little PRIVACY here!"
I honestly would prefer a shower or tub bath. Cat Lovers..... ever gotten a cat hair in your eye? Or mouth? A small annoyance in exchange for all that feline love ;0) Hairballs..... Hmmm. Let's not even go there!
Images by Carolyn Hietala


It's sooooo COLD! OK so..... just rewind to a nice WARM sunny day ;0)

Reminiscing with a little bit of October's glory to warm our souls.
Photo of Bee & Goldenrod by Carolyn Hietala
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The first tear of mourning light.....

.....solemnly waits.
Photograph of swan garden sculpture by Carolyn Hietala


Missing Raggs - Mouthing the words "I Love You" or simply a smile would invite a warm purring response.....

.....from this faithful friend.
Infinite tears could not erase the special moments we have shared as they will forever remain in my heart. Thanks for sharing your gentle loving nature so generously with all ;0)
In memory of my cat.....
Photograph by Carolyn Hietala
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