Irony
American Bullfrog ( Lithobates catesbeianus ) and Blow Fly ( Calliphoridae )

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) and Blow Fly (Calliphoridae)

He saw that it was an ironical thing for him to be running thus toward that which he had been at such pains to avoid
— Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

Our oldest frog was sitting out on 'his' rock this evening. I had already spent the afternoon in our pollinator garden and had settled on sharing a charming image of a plant bug (on our culver's root)...it was when this green blow fly boldly landed on our frog (who is larger than a man's fist) I decided this shot is infinitely more interesting than a pale green bug on a flower!

Snapped using my first Nikon point-and-shoot, I think it captures that fleeting moment ...and I'm sure I'll find the very same pale green bug in my garden tomorrow.

Jessica Allen explores the fields and forests of Pennsylvania with her artist-husband, Michael Allen, and their son, Benjamin. She shares her observations through words and pictures of everyday magic and beauty she sees in her world.