Tripod Holes 42

small green treefrog Dryophytes cinereus in pond in front of statue, Brookgreen Gardens
N 33°31’11.84″ W 79° 5’54.55″ Google Earth location

I could put you practically within my footprints for this one, because I remember pretty precisely where I was standing, at the edge of the spillover from this decorative sculpture pool within Brookgreen Gardens between Murrell’s Inlet and Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. This was a sculpture garden, filled with various works of art, and I was indeed doing some photos of them, including the one seen out-of-focus in the background – but if my preferred subjects happen to show up, I’ma do them too. Green treefrogs (Dryophytes cinereus) aren’t terribly aquatic – the name ‘treefrog’ provides a hint – but they can swim well enough and will use water sources as needed. So when I found one peeking out, I had to ensure that it was part of the composition. Brookgreen Gardens is a pretty nice place to check out, worth even a side trip – in fact, worth a few days there, which your entry fee will cover. I won’t guarantee that this guy will still be handy – the one in front, anyway; the one in back is likely still there wrestling his alligator. No that’s not a euphemism. You can even see right where I was in the post immediately following that visit, courtesy of The Girlfriend – I told you I could place you in my footprints. Though it took a little playing around to pin it down from the aerial photos, but, the default photos right now in both the online and installable versions of Google Earth show a blob right on the northern curve of the wall alongside the darker spillover that is precisely where I was standing – I’d speculate that the aerial photo actually captured me there, except The Girlfriend would also be in the frame and there’s no sign of that.

Pretty much right across the street sits Huntington Beach State Park, which we’ve seen in an earlier Tripod Holes, so again, worth the visit. Just, not so much for the beach vistas…

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