My brain might need rewiring

Mary took this photo, and showed it to me. Apparently, her sister had problems seeing the prominent figure in it, so she put her phone in my face and asked if I could see it. I instantly focused on the strand of spider silk in the lower right, and was looking for the spider (what else would you take a picture of?) but couldn’t find it. Then she told me it wasn’t a spider at all.

I was so confused. No spider? What? Why?


  1. says

    @1 Akira MacKenzie: Ooooo… Frogie! :)
    I reply: That is a wonderful pleasant comment. See you aren’t all snarky! It’s great to see your softer, kinder side, too.

  2. birgerjohansson says

    The dangerous Mexican Staring Frog from Sri Lanka? Cartman will be pleased.

  3. birgerjohansson says

    Shermanj @ 2
    I have no soft, kind side. This frog is clearly undocumented (that is the first I look for).

  4. lakitha tolbert says

    That frog is desperately trying to ignore the camera! did they get permission to take his/her photo? 😊

  5. StevoR says

    I don’t see anything either. Except the outline of South America in the lit up part of the otherwise shadowed second lowest leaf.

  6. mordred says

    Reminds me of the evening when I was watering the flower bed in front of the house where my mother had placed a small terracota frog. I got a bit of a shock when what I thought was the terracote figur jump away!

  7. says

    Close. This is nature photography, not inside a building — it’s a spider wearing a frog suit.

  8. silvrhalide says

    Are we certain that that’s a frog? The skin looks very matte and dry. Could be a toad, not a frog.
    Either way, it’s a rather unusual mint green color. Most of the frogs and toads around here are varying shades of green, olive, tan, brown, etc.

    @10 Yes, I saw the guy in the gorilla suit. Also the girls playing basketball. But only because I was expecting to see them. :P

  9. DonDueed says

    Well dang… I was looking and looking for the face of Jesus, and all I got was a stupid frog!

  10. seversky says

    Weird. I didn’t see the frog at all on first glance or even second glance. It was only after looking carefully, I began to pick out the edge details and then I saw the frog. Now, I have no trouble seeing it at all.

    I also completely missed the man in the gorilla suit amongst the basketball players when I first saw the tape.

    And we put people on death row based on the testimony of eyewitnesses

  11. woozy says

    “Was his name Jeremiah?”

    I asked him. But I couldn’t understand a word he said.

  12. rockwhisperer says

    It’s Underfoot! How’d it get to Minnesota?

    For several years, a small frog (local species, can’t remember the name) has been hanging around the garage of our weekend/retirement home in the Eastern Sierra, in California. Mike named it “Underfoot”, because it always seemed to be in danger of being stepped on when he worked in the garage. Every Sunday evening, before he left, he’d evict the frog from the garage. Every Friday evening, it was waiting for him.

    We had an unusually brutal winter, and now, even in late July, streams are running very high, and the quiet seasonal wetlands where those frogs breed have been very, very disturbed. We haven’t seen or heard them this year (they sing during mating season). Sigh.

  13. jeanmeslier says

    @Brony, Social Justice Cenobite #22
    Jordan Peterson said that? When and where?

  14. hemidactylus says

    @24- jeanmeslier
    There are other Kermits. The frog OG. TR’s son. The bar patron from Shameless.