Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ribbit, The Exhibit.......

Last month some special visitors came to our local botanical gardens.  My friend, Deborah and I made a point of going to check them out because we had heard these visitors were going to be there and Deborah loves frogs........

This is the first one we spotted. He is Willie Fisher, one of twenty some larger than life, whimsical frog sculptures by J.A. Cobb out of Wilmington North Carolina.  They are available to be on temporary display at Botanical Gardens. This week they were visiting Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida.
If I had to pick a favorite I think it would be Willie, sitting here patiently waiting to catch something.
Here is Skully the Scuba Frog, standing in the Tropical Stream.

The frogs range from 5 to 7 feet tall, sculpted from copper and bear the natural patina color.

He is Marvin - the marvelous lawn mowing frog. Marvin might be tied with Willie for my favorite. I didn't learn who was responsible for positioning and placement of the frogs but whoever did it did a fantastic job. They all looked like they were made for the place they were in.

Marvin looks happy to be doing his part to keep the gardens groomed.

Here is Emerson, former bean tester for Starbucks.

By the look on his face I think the beans used for his cup of coffee passed the test.

This is Deborah standing with Fred and Ethel - the American frog gothics. And, would you look at the size of those cabbages!

Edwardo, the tree frog found the perfect limb on this tree.

He was just sitting here watching the leaves fall.

Diana the Huntress - Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon and birth.

He is Axel Grimm - the frog with the golden ball. He is from the fairy tale (Grimm and the Golden Ball) about the princess who would throw a golden ball into the air until one day she dropped it into a pond. The frog that found it was told he could have whatever he wished.  If I understand correctly, Axel came to Leu from where he resides at our local Dubsdread catering.  By the way, I don't know the rest of the fairy tale or I would tell you.

This is the Jazz Trio. I don't know much about them but they did tell me, "where words fail, music speaks".



Here we find Floyd and Grace, the dancers, a.k.a. Fred and Ginger. They were taking advantage of the music from the trio.

Sasha the dancer.

And, last but certainly not least, Cora, helping the garden grow!

It is growing quite nicely!
I have a picture of Freddie the Butterfly Boy but for some reason Freddie absolutely refused to upload to my blog.  He is in the folder with all the others but wouldn't budge. I tried five times. He had his big net and was in the butterfly garden. Maybe he is miffed because he didn't catch any butterflies. We missed seeing several frogs. We didn't have the brochure showing their locations.
I am glad Deborah, that you love frogs because I really did enjoy seeing the Ribbit Exhibit with you! I like these frogs.


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    1. These are pretty neat and were fun to hunt for. Some weren't real easy to spot. Have you ever been to Leu? It is a great botanical garden - very well kept.

  2. That is so cool! I also love frogs. Very well done and placed right in the perfect spots.

  3. I enjoyed viewing Ribbit, The Exhibit! How nice and special. Would be wonderful seeing it "in person!"


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