Thumb of 2014-10-31/RickCorey/80f6ee@RickCorey submitted this image in the Bugs or Birds on Plants category of the The 2014 All Things Plants Photo Contest.
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Nov 12, 2014 6:12 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Pretty bold, Rick. I think everyone in the contest knew it was your photo. I was curious to see how that might impact the voting.

It really is a great photo.
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Nov 12, 2014 7:11 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
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Are those bugs or buds????? I have always wondered. Hilarious!
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Nov 13, 2014 6:40 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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I just adore this image. Great photography. It's a winner in my book.
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Nov 13, 2014 7:26 AM CST
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Cozy. Very unique.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Nov 13, 2014 8:37 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ☼🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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I thought it was the most amazing photo in the contest, and definitely the one I spent the most time admiring and studying. I bet there are Nat Geo photogs who would be impressed. The burning question is, Did you pose 4 frogs, or just happen upon this? It was my 1st time seeing this pic. What kind of flower is it?

Edit: Apparently a senior moment, I have seen this before. Guess you should show it to me again next week, it'll seem fresh & new again?
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Nov 13, 2014 10:33 AM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
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Thanks very much, you're very flattering! There was no skill involved, they did the posing and I just kept clicking until I had so many shots that one was good. I doubt I'll ever take another shot as nice.

I think the frogs should get all the credit.

What was spooky is that it was the almost the only time I saw even one tree frog in my yard, though I hear a few cheeping many nights.

It is usually dry in the summer, and that was true that year. Then we had a big rain, and those Zinnia blooms held the water longer than anything else. The tree frogs found the water.

Why did all four pose like sardines in a can, all on one bloom? I don't know.

As to frogs being neither bugs nor birds, I figured that Dave would kick it out if it didn't meet the intent of the category. I wonder if tree frogs can pollinate blooms by licking water from them?
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Nov 13, 2014 10:43 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ☼🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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TY! Zinnia, wow, they really were small frogs! The pose? Circling the wagons against potential predators?

I used the same logic in uploading a pic of an anole in that category. It was tough to decide that, or the category of the kind of plant it was on since, like you said, anole is neither bird nor bug. Just too darn cute to not share though, if deemed an acceptable entry.
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Nov 13, 2014 10:50 AM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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Yes, cute little buggers, with the emphasis on "little".
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Nov 13, 2014 11:10 AM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
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I admit to considering disqualifying the photo but I figured it was close enough. The spirit of the category was to showcase living things on blooms and this photo definitely qualified.
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Nov 13, 2014 11:42 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ☼🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Butterflies
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@Dave, your contest, you decide. I think that was made clear, and naturally expected. Somebody has to wield some rules.

TY for all of your effort in making this so fun, and slick & smooth, in regard to bells'n'whistles in the programming of it. If the wait is less than a year until the next one, I wouldn't mind at all! Spring is an especially lovely time for pics... :+)
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Nov 13, 2014 12:18 PM CST
Name: mj
Central Florida
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Maybe next time it could be more clear. I didn't enter photo's that were not of a bug or bird, and I imagine that some others probably didn't either.

It is an adorable photograph tho and very unique but I would have liked to have know that Froggies, Anoles, Lizards would have be OK.
God gave us wings. He just called them horses
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Nov 13, 2014 12:44 PM CST
Name: tk
(Zone 8b)

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The bugs are in the frogs (or lizards). Rules didnt say they have to be visable. Rolling on the floor laughing anyway, I agree with daves approach to the dilemma.
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Nov 13, 2014 12:47 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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I guess I should have asked if the face/s were animate or inanimate. I truly did not know they were frogs.
Have often thought the shot was fascinating, just did not know what it was.
Mystery solved Thumbs up
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Nov 13, 2014 4:54 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
Yup, little tree-frogs.

The tree-frog-zinnia hybrid is very rare and does not produce viable seeds.

;-) Whistling
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Nov 13, 2014 5:53 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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Enjoys or suffers cold winters Sempervivums Annuals Foliage Fan Herbs Garden Ideas: Level 2
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Nov 13, 2014 6:06 PM CST
JC NJ/So FL (Zone 7b)
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well, my thoughts went like this...birds come from dinos/..lizards are related ..hence allowable. frogs are similar so a little stretch, but close enough. i am very glad it breezed thru! that was my fave also!
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Nov 13, 2014 7:18 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Garden Research Contributor Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Region: Ukraine Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer Vermiculture The WITWIT Badge
Ultimately it's the voters who decide. When someone casts a vote for a photo, they are giving it their okay.

There were pictures of children in this contest and I didn't feel like it was in the spirit of the contest and those photos didn't win, not because of my opinion, but because not enough people felt like it was worthy of winning the contest.
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Nov 14, 2014 12:08 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
I like texaskitty's explanation that the bugs were inside the frogs and lizard.

People are very kind!
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Nov 14, 2014 1:21 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
BTW, here are two wider shots. You can see that the first one was focused on the wrong bloom.


Thumb of 2014-11-14/RickCorey/87b85a Thumb of 2014-11-14/RickCorey/3e22f0
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Nov 19, 2014 7:44 PM CST
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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Yes, incredible photo!

I had the most trouble in this category. In future episodes I was hoping would could split reptiles off from birds and bugs.

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