Amphibians & Reptiles

Saturday, April 18, 2015, was a beautiful spring day with plenty of sunshine bringing temperatures in the mid seventies It beckoned the Old Fool to the Defries Calendar Gardens.  Click here and go to the Facebook Page of the gardens and explore its living beauty . 


Beware of the Frog

A small pond is in the center of the circular garden. In reality it is the center of life in the garden.

A spring species of frog/toad would not be ignored.  They were in the pond everywhere.  The warming of the water allowed them to safely emerge from immobility in the winter mud home.  Sitting on rocks their constant “peeping” filled the surrounding garden.

A frog on a rock peeping a lust filled song

A frog on a rock peeping a lust filled song. Click on picture to enlarge

The Old Fool interpreted their song into English as follows:  “Here I am.  I am male.  Listen to my song.  Come to me and let me chase you and couple with you. Come quickly, I can hardly wait.  I am ready for sex.”  The garden staff is eager to share the beauty of the gardens.  You may google Defries Calendar Garden and links will be available to you.  Here is a  You Tube video that will allow you to view and hear the frogs in all their glory.


A Common Garter Snake at the gardens

Reptiles also become visible in the spring.  I saw two common garter snakes who had come out to the sun’s warmth.

Spring is a fit reminder of resurrection, transformation and succession.  It moves the Old Fool to want to believe and worship.


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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