“. . . we do not yet have eyes . . .”

I’m again working on The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories of Hans Christian Andersen (link to Amazon Kindle version, the translation I’m reading), a long and sometimes boring or cumbersome 1800’s book that is an unusual mix of old-fashion fairy tales, Danish history, religion or Christian pedagogy in about 200 short stories about animals and people and in the ones about just people he seems fixated on both death and young men who want to marry “above their station” and never get their true love (pauper boy falls in love with a princess, etc.). I haven’t gotten to The Little Mermaid or Frozen yet! 🙂 I haven’t liked all of his stories and prefer the ones with talking animals and nature like the one in which I found this inspirational quote the other day . . .

It’s the last two sentences of his story titled The Toad. This toad has been trying to find the proverbial “gem in his head,” going through different aspects of nature and other animals when he decides to go toward the sun . . . then the story-teller concludes with . . .

“No, the light is too intense; we do not yet have eyes that can see all the glory God has created. But maybe someday we will have such eyes. That will be the most wonderful fairy tale of all, for we ourselves will be part of it.”

~Hans Christian Andersen

“. . . all the glory God has created . . .”
Sunset on Calle Barroeta, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Bullfrog, Si Como No Wildlife Refuge, Manuel Antonio NP, Costa Rica

And the feature photo at the top of this post is of a Masked Tree Frog at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Resort, San Ramon, Costa Rica. Of course neither frog is the one Andersen wrote about, but fun illustrations! 🙂

Hans Christian Andersen reminded me of another favorite quote with a similar perspective on nature . . .

“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”

~George Washington Carver

¡Pura Vida!

Common Rain Frog

Common Rain Frog (probably), though similar to Wet Forest Toad and
Rain Forest Toad. There are more frogs/toads here than anywhere, ID is difficult!
This one from my garden is waiting at my front door! About 3-5 inches, 10 cm. +/-
Roca Verde, Atenas, Costa Rica
Click to enlarge photo.  A third the size of Giant Toad shown earlier.
Why are frogs so happy?
They eat whatever bugs them!
Ribbit, Ribbit

See also my “just beginning” Costa Rica Amphibians PHOTO GALLERY

¡El Sapo!

El Sapo is literally “the toad” in Spanish but in Costa Rica it is the name given all toads and frogs. I’ve seen a smaller frog/toad in my yard but today before Spanish Class at my house this morning around 9:00 AM, our teacher, David Salas Castillo, found this big one in my jardin or garden.

Giant Toad or Black-backed Frog, Leptodactylus melanonotus
Not a positive identification – Atenas, Costa Rica

Dark color with light spots, guess 5 or 6 inches without
being stretched out, largest I’ve seen yet

Giant Toad or Black-backed Frog
Atenas, Costa Rica

And a late-breaking photo at about 5:30 while watering the garden:

Giant Toad or Black-backed Frog, Atenas, Costa Rica
The plant is 7 inches tall, so he is between 7 & 8 inches, a big toad!
And with more light than in above photos, he is not as dark in color.
Cool! But do you think he’ll eat my butterflies?

Costa Rica Named the #1 Happiest Country on Earth . . . AGAIN!   By The Travel Channel

Quote seen today:

“Not all those who wander are lost.” 

– J. R. R. Tolkien