When Jenny and I paused on a walk in the woods last weekend to arrange some fallen leaves, I noticed a small, tan-colored frog in the leaf litter nearby. The dark face mask confirmed he/she was a Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus). After taking a few photos of him beside an acorn cap, I gently placed him on the leaf art. I couldn't resist the opportunity to add a living accent to our ephemeral arrangement.
Within the next few weeks, Wood Frogs will be seeking subterranean safety, where they'll spend the white season in a partially frozen state. Come snow melt, they're among the first amphibians to become active, as they thaw out and travel to vernal pools to breed.