WPC: Rule of Thirds – The frog and a sand dollar

This little frog (about the size of a thumb) is a Sierran Treefrog (Pseudacris sierra), formerly called Pacific Treefrog or Pacific Chorus Frog and was not living in a tree, but at the time, an unused spa in our backyard.

Sierran Tree Frog focus on eyes web

It was in a crevice so I did not really have much of a choice but to shoot through the slit near the heating element area, making the photo naturally follow the rule of third, and a little of the “bokeh” that Jen discusses for the challenge .

I did not have to crop the frog photo above, and slightly cropped the one below.

Sierran Tree Frog

And here is one with my grandson Jun showing me a sand dollar that washed up during a beach visit.   I think I could have adjusted the shot slightly for more of the 1/3 rule here…

Jun holding sand dollar

The rule of 3rd is something basic that I do think about now when composing photographs.  And as far as the “bokeh” shots I’ll definitely look to improve and experiment with…so thank you WP Photo Challenges!

So, I think these photos capture the WordPress Photo Challenge this week…what do you think?

A note on frogs from my earlier post:

You may have heard that frogs are considered indicator species, or animal sentinels, and a sort of planetary canary.

Frogs have thin skins that are permeable to water, and lay their eggs in bodies of water.  Perhaps because of this,  they are sensitive to pollutants and other problems with the environment.

It is comforting to know the little frogs survive in our backyard, despite the large presence of big business agriculture in our county (Monterey is the only county in the United States with more than 1 BILLION in annual vegetable sales).

Though these frogs are not endangered, frog populations can decline quite quickly.

For more, please visit California Herps – A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of California

To see amazing interpretations and beautiful photography showcasing the rule of thirds and the “bokeh” concept, click here.

A Dog Named Tagpi…and how we name our pets

I knew a couple, an American man and a Filipina who adopted an adorable little dog.  He said, “you name him —- but please, name him anything but Spot.”  And so she named him Tagpi.

Great!  Except Tagpi is pretty close to translating the English dog name Spot to Filipino / Tagalog, though its literal translation is more of a word for Patch (as in to patch / cover breaks or tears).

His pronunciation for the name was a funny sounding Tag-Pee.  It is pronounced more like Tug-pee.

It is interesting what people name their pets.  The names of our last 3 dogs are also names of people—is this pet naming practice of people names more common now than say, 25 years ago?

Our dog now is a sweetheart Australian Shepherd (though also on the crazy side like most Aussies) — and his name is Tucker.

Baby Juns with Tucker

Our other dogs (now passed though still remembered often) were Sara, a lovable “little” 100 lb Newfoundland,  and Jake,  a gentle and handsome black lab-mix adopted from the animal shelter.

Gentle Jake and Little Sara

And remembering even further back with the dogs we had during our childhood in the Philippines, we had Angel (a ferociously loyal German Sheppard mix) and her all white puppy, who we named Devil.  We also had dogs named Peso and Dollar.

Grandson Jun’s teacher talked about antonyms / opposites during my classroom volunteer time yesterday.  Did we think we had to follow an antonym rule upon naming our pets back then?  Maybe that is what got me thinking of this topic…

How about your family’s pet names?  People names or other?