There were no frog spawn or tadpoles in the garden pond this spring and summer, probably because our winter had been so cold that the frogs didn't survive. So I was delighted to see an adult frog in the pond last weekend.
I was able to take some pictures of it sunning on the partially submerged bridge that I have in the pond.
This a very nice sized leopard frog with great markings. When I got too close, it dove down into the muck at the bottom of the pond.
It probably uses this tactic to avoid being eaten by the raccooons that sort through the algae for nummies like dragonfly larvae and unsuspecting frogs. Almost every morning I find clumps of algae pulled out of the water by the raccoons. We gave up years ago on trying to keep aquatic plants; the raccoons are convinced we get the plants just for their benefit ...
The other pleasant surprise was something I have never seen before (except in other blogs) - a comma butterfly! This one was sitting momentarily on one of our patio chairs. I was't able to get a shot with the wings open, but I was thrilled to even get this shot.
Hope your garden surprises are also pleasant.