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The Frog King

The Frog King
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Copyright: Martina Koloska (electra) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 0 N: 148] (679)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-15
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Fuji Finepix 4900Z
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Doctor Dolittle and his animals, Club: on the hands: the nature in our hands [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-17 3:53
Viewed: 7367
Points: 30
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The Frog King
by the Grimm Brothers


In olden times when wishing still helped one, there lived a king whose daughters were all beautiful, but the youngest was so beautiful that the sun itself, which has seen so much, was astonished whenever it shone in her face.

Close by the king's castle lay a great dark forest, and under an old lime-tree in the forest was a well, and when the day was very warm, the king's child went out into the forest and sat down by the side of the cool fountain, and when she was bored she took a golden ball, and threw it up on high and caught it, and this ball was her favorite plaything.

Now it so happened that on one occasion the princess's golden ball did not fall into the little hand which she was holding up for it, but on to the ground beyond, and rolled straight into the water. The king's daughter followed it with her eyes, but it vanished, and the well was deep, so deep that the bottom could not be seen. At this she began to cry, and cried louder and louder, and could not be comforted.

And as she thus lamented someone said to her, "What ails you, king's daughter? You weep so that even a stone would show pity."

She looked round to the side from whence the voice came, and saw a frog stretching forth its big, ugly head from the water.

"Ah, oldwater-splasher, is it you," she said, "I am weeping for my golden ball, which has fallen into the well."

"Be quiet, and do not weep," answered the frog, "I can help you, but what will you give me if I bring your plaything up again?"

"Whatever you will have, dear frog," said she, "My clothes, my pearls and jewels, and even the golden crown which I am wearing."

The frog answered, "I do not care for your clothes, your pearls and jewels, nor for your golden crown, but if you will love me and let me be your companion and play-fellow, and sit by you at your little table, and eat off your little golden plate, and drink out of your little cup, and sleep in your little bed - if you will promise me this I will go down below, and bring you your golden ball up again."

"Oh yes," said she, "I promise you all you wish, if you will but bring me my ball back again." But she thought, "How the silly frog does talk. All he does is to sit in the water with the other frogs, and croak. He can be no companion to any human being."

But the frog when he had received this promise, put his head into the water and sank down; and in a short while came swimming up again with the ball in his mouth, and threw it on the grass.

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I wish you a good sunny day.

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What a similar photo to mine!
Great shot Martina!

Hello Martina, These tiny frogs on the finger seem to be getting around! ;-) Cute shot, very cute story, Thanx!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-17 9:56]

Beautifull little frog [or toad?]. I like patterns on its skin, colours and braveness :-)

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-17 14:46]

Hi Martina,

This is real matchbox nature. Very nice to put it on your finger. It gives the scale to the litle Kermit.

Nice picture,


Good shot Martina,
A popular choice of post today. A cute looking frog. Enjoyable notes. Good colours & Well captured, thanks for posting.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-17 20:12]

Hi Martina, I have no time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smiley. I like such intimate photos.

Day thought:
"If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words." -- Chinese Proverb --

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

You have catptured a very tiny frog, Martina. Having the finger helps to understand the scale. The colors are very good ... I enjoyed the story. Very nicely done :-) TFS

Very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. TFS.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-18 7:11]

A very cute little frog.
BG works well to make the subject stand out.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-18 17:19]

Martina, he's minute and cute.

Great shot. I like the interaction. I've never seen one of them. The blurred bg highlights the king.

A very nice job.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-18 17:37]

Hello Martina, nice shot. I think the toad is a little soft in focus and perhaps a little more light would be good. Nice to have one sit on your finger, well done.

Hi Martina,

What a small little frog. I have never seen one of these. Well done and TFS.


Very interesting this shot! I've never seen a frog so small!
Bye Tom

Lovely story and a really cute little froggie! He's so tiny he doesn't look real.


Hallo Martina

süß die kleine Erdkröte...



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