Red-legged frog floating outstretched in a pond with fir needles on its head and back

“Riley”, laid back and soaking up the sun (click to enlarge)

On those all too-rare occasions when she was able to kick back and do nothing other than enjoy the day, my mother always had one thing to say: “Well, ain’t this the life of Riley!”

I’m reminded of this on sunny days in June, when I run across Red-legged frogs lounging in our pond – as if they have no worries or cares in the world (not even any concern that they’re a species at risk).

Perhaps they’re a little more carefree than normal this year, thanks to our copious spring rains and recent showers. Life is good right now in the pond. There’s more water than usual for June, so the new generation of tadpoles have pretty favourable odds of making it through to adulthood.

Ahh – the life of Riley, indeed.

Red-legged frog sprawled out in pond, looking at camera

“What’cha looking at, lady?” (click to enlarge)

These photos, along with many of my others, are available as stock photography from Alamy

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer focused on nature and nautical on the BC coast

4 responses »

  1. Fred Bailey says:


    • Thanks, Fred! It’s challenging to get decent photos of the red-legged frogs in our pond, because they’re usually hidden in the grasses at the end of the pond or, when floating, obscured by the plants in the pond, which have become more profuse over the years. So I’m happy when I can manage a few decent ones.

  2. Connie Gallant says:

    Totally love your photos, Laurie! And your stories are a plus! Thank you.

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