First cartoonish sketch

As my second exercise using my new WACOM tablet I did a quick cartoon style sketch of a slightly arrogant puppy with a bone. It is interesting having to learn new hand / eye coordination that the tablet requires.

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My new WACOM tablet

I got myself a new WACOM Bamboo 470M drawing tablet yesterday. I have to say that 1. it is a cool tool that I had never obtained before and I am pleased that I now have access to one, and 2. it is a different type of media to draw with then your typical paper and pencil / paints.

Tablet Sketch - Eye Study 1

I have included a quick study sketch that I did last night of a shocked /surprised eye. Nothing spectacular, just giving the tablet a test run. Not to shabby. Now I have to develop the knack of controlling the pen while looking at the computer screen.

English: Wacom Bamboo Pen

English: Wacom Bamboo Pen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UE – Canadian Poison Dart Frogs Breeder / Exporter

Originally posted on The Bronze Mantella:

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For those of us who reside in Canada we are fortunate to happen to have a great company who have been breeding excellent specimens of several types of Poison Dart Frogs from across the globe. The specimens that they have for sale are healthy and vibrant captive bred frogs. They are recognized by many as experts in this field, their service is fast, curteous and by their interactions with potential frog owners it becomes obvious that they care very much for the well being of these beautiful little creatures. Most of my colony of Mantella Betsileo are captive bred stock from the UE line.

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Tabling and Effective Advocacy as a Volunteer for SAVE THE FROGS!

Originally posted on The Bronze Mantella:

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savethefrogs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are a number of reasons why we all should be paying attention as to what is happening to global frog populations. Take a peek at the postings found in this blog and you should start to get a glimmer of the whys of the situation. Save The Frogs! is an organization that is a great place to start in fostering stewardship towards a more ecological friendly tomorrow.


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Ancient philosophy meets Darwin: Can science offer a way of life?

Originally posted on Humanistic Paganism:

Buddha v Darwin, by Church of Nobody

In the age of Darwin, what do we still have to learn from philosophers like Socrates or the Buddha?

Ancient philosophers differed from those today in one crucial way:

For them, philosophy was a way of life.

Can science, too, be a way of life?

Philosophy as a way of life

All the ancient philosophers, from Socrates to the Buddha, investigated their world not just for the sake of learning, but in order to discover how to live a flourishing life.

For example, when Socrates asked his fellow Athenians about piety or virtue, it wasn’t just for love of conversation – he wanted to expose the confusion fouling up the unexamined life.  When Hypatia of Alexandria explored mathematics and astronomy, it wasn’t just for the sake of learning – she wanted to know how she fit into the cosmos.  And when Siddartha Gautama investigated the nature of desire and aversion…

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North West Frog Totem

Originally posted on The Bronze Mantella:

Frog TotemAmongst the North West Canadian native cultures (Tlingit specifically) the frog is generally considered a powerful totem of good luck. It is the fool who would consider injuring one and bring down upon them and their kin the wrath of the greater Powers that be.

In one legend a woman marries a frog prince and ventures to his kingdom in a lake to have many of his children. Her father, in a fit of rage, finds the lake and empties it searching for her which in return spreads her children far and wide across the globe. Keep this in mind the next time you come across a frog :)


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Why have a frog collection?

Why have a frog collection?.

Good question! Glad you asked !

Well, let’s see. They are interesting to observe and study. They are just plain cool to have (I bet not a lot of your friends have them, unless you are talking about friends in the frogger community). They can help you appreciate a particular aspect of Nature that may have gone unnoticed by you previously. They might have the positive effect of turning you into a conservationist which is also cool. They need your help too as many frogs in the pet trade are collected from the wild and their populations are dropping drastically from over harvesting,  their natural habitats are in jeopardy and if we aren’t careful they may become extinct.

If you think that keeping a toad, frog, poison dart frog, specifically mantellas, was something you would like to pursue then this blog makes a good starting point as well as several other well established website resources that you will find listed here (resource page coming up shortly. Look for it).

First, I would suggest that you do some studying before you obtain your frogs. Become knowledgeable in regard to what they are, what they need to live, what they need to breed and how you may help the frog community keep the species you are interested in continuing well into the future. Don’t rush into a purchase until you realize what it takes to take care of these little creatures properly. They require properly handling or lack there of more importantly, a properly set up and maintained enclosure, a constant supply of adequate food sources and supplementation, and an opportunity to breed and live where you are the loving observer doing all that you can to help them live out their natural lives.

When you are ready to dive in I suggest you get your hands on an adequate sized tank or terrarium for their enclosure. For mantellas, since they are more terrestrial (leaf litter foragers) than arboreal (tree climbers) what is important is that you give them enough horizontal space to live rather than vertical. Many dart frog are climbers and need more vertical but for the most part almost all the mantella species’ are ground oriented. That isn’t to say that they won’t climb, sometimes for a while that is all that they will do but in time they will return back to the lower level to continue on their business. Because they can climb ensure that the enclosure is properly secured to prevent them from escaping. These little critters can get through surprisingly small holes.

Then there is a matter of ensuring that you have a constant supply of food for said frogs. If you live somewhere that has ample supply of small bugs outside you could go field foraging and take what some call “field sweepings” (basically use a net, swipe it across the grass/bushes and feed your frogs whatever small bugs you happen to capture). If you have a local pet shop near by most carry feeding stock such as crickets, mealworms and such. Be advised that if you are going to care for mantellas that due to their small size they require small meal worms, pinhead crickets (very young crickets), springtails, and wingless fruit flies. If it can’t fit comfortably in their mouths then don’t attempt to feed it to them.

There is the matter of ensuring that you provide an adequate level of moisture in their enclosure as well an acceptable level of heat. Typically the more moist the habitat the better they are but mantellas don’t require access to a huge amount of water such as a toad would. Mantellas require tropical level heating but be careful not to overdo it as most mantellas don’t like an excessively high temp range.

Finally, the frogs themselves. Please do your research and seek out a decent breeder to order your frogs from. This does a number of things – ensures that the frogs you receive have been captive bred which usually means a healthier and hardier frog, it decreases the demand for wild caught specimens removed from their natural habitats, it supports a growing community of frog owners and it is just the responsible and right thing to do. There are a few mantella species that can be found in the frog breeding community and numerous species in the poison dart frogs category from all over the world. You have quite a choice between dendros and mantellas.

Join an online frogger community and enjoy communicating with others on these forums, sharing photos and experiences, learning from more experienced owners and becoming a part of a growing movement.

NOTE: 09/21/2013 This posting will be expanded considerably in a few days.

My new website (The Bronze Mantella) pertaining to the Madagascar Poison Dart Frogs

If you are at all interested or curious about poison dart frogs then come on over to my new website. The website covers several items that pertain specifically to the Madagascar Poison Dart Frogs species – Mantella.

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1000-Year-Old Fungus Is Killing Off Our Frogs, Says Study

Originally posted on yourwellnessdiabetes:

Thanks to globalisation, an ancient stain of fungi has recently escaped its niche and is now suspected of killing off many of the world’s frogs. This is according to a new genetic analysis of chytrid fungus, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which is the latest in a long line of research, dating back to the 80s, since the frogs started going extinct in Australia and South America.

According to Australian team member Dr Lee Berger, of James Cook University in Townsville, ‘It’s an older strain that has spread into new areas. The most likely reason for the spread is trade.’ As part of her PhD under Professor Rick Speare, Berger was the first to identify chytrid fungus in the bodies of many dead frogs back in 1998, and her subsequent 2011 genetic analysis indicated that the global pandemic strain of chytrid fungus had only…

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Originally posted on DALTONSART:


How about a Croak?I’m sure we all know this joke! Ha! SO Coke have this ‘Share a coke with’ campaign thing going on and while I think it’s genius, my name is never on things (as far as I am aware). I’ve protested! and even though I am probably more of a lemonade person. I am rooting for Croke!! YES!!  Because let’s face it Croaca Cola is a lot more tasty!! So Share A Croke With Annie!

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George L. Verge – Gossiper’s Delight (Louisbourg) – Copyrighted 2013

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George L. Verge – Waiting (Louisbourg) – Copyrighted 2013

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George L. Verge – A Smile (Louisbourg) – Copyrighted 2013

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