miguel – Yes, I remember a post you did about that — was it last year? I can almost picture the photos that went with it. And the writing carried an almost palpable sense of elation, as I recall. If I know me, I probably left a comment extolling George Orwell’s essay on the annual frog-mating ritual outside London as one of his finest pieces of writing.

CGP – Thanks. Fortunately, R. sylvatica still seems to be doing fine globally, though the sort of ephemeral ponds preferred for its reproduction are constantly being destroyed by builders, and federal protection of such wetlands has been largely withdrawn under the Bush regime, in contravention of the will of Congress.

Mary – That’s pretty funny! Thanks for stopping by.