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  • May 7, 2019

MN Landscape Arboretum Photography

What kind of frog person are you?

Remember when you were a child and you found a tiny frog hopping through the grass? You likely had one of two reactions.

  1. Blood curdling scream followed by a blind run in the opposite direction.
  2. Elation ran through your body and you couldn’t help but pick up, pet, squeeze, run after it when it inevitably hopped out of your hand and basically smother the poor thing.

I fell into the latter category. When I was 10, we were fortunate enough to have a trailer in a lake resort called Cedarcrest on White Earth Lake. Each spring, hundreds (I’m not exaggerating, 100s!) of tiny frogs would make the trek from the big lake, through the residential area, and onward to the woods behind. My bothers, friends and myself would grab minnow buckets and fill them with as many as we could catch. From there, cue the above mentioned items.

MN Landscape Arboretum

Fast forward to last fall, at the MN Landscape Arboretum (check this place out!), with my brother, sister-in-law, two nieces and nephew, updating family photos. Low and behold, a tiny frog crossed our path. My oldest niece, Taylor, five years old and a fearless adventurer, picked it up immediately. Ashlyn, my cautious, curios niece, warmed up to it eventually.

Memories of Cedarcrest flooded back and a reflection of my childhood was right there in front of me. You can see both of their reactions below as they held the amphibian.

I love having these memories as images. I would’ve forgotten this happened, had we not taken photos. Lifestyle photography and films are so sneaky good at that – keeping the memories of the small things alive so we don’t forget.

A Note to Tay

On a side note, happy 6th birthday to fearless, energetic, hilarious, strong-willed, beautiful Taylor! (In 2019.)

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Two little girls holding frogs. MN Landscape Arboretum photography.

I just love the contrast in their facial expressions!

Lifestyle photo sister kissing brother on cheek. MN Landscape Arboretum photography.

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Family image of five year old girl in park. MN Landscape Arboretum photography.

Happy 6th birthday today to my beautiful niece, Taylor!

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