Posted on Feb 5th, 2013 by Allison (Bali, Photography)

I’m afraid all my great plans and intentions to blog about my recent trip to Bali sequentially are out the window. (I still haven’t even completed the posts from my FIRST visit.)

So now you get whatever you get… 🙂

And today you get a peek at some of the critters I met in Bali. Let the photo-fest begin…

My favorites are the frogs. I adore them. They sang me to sleep each night, and their random croaks always made break out into giggles.

We’d spot them on the steps, in pots, on leaves in the garden – and on the windows every evening. Aysia would dance and point whenever she saw one.

Ashley spotted this guy on one of the carved heads overlooking the swimming pool. Long live the frog king!

They’re just really cute. Especially this tiny guy, who joined me in the swimming pool.

This sleek skink sunned himself on a rock outside my bedroom every day.

Here are a few of the animals we saw on our trip to the zoo…

Ashley is holding a very sweet binturong (bearcat). Kennedy was a bit disappointed they didn’t bring out the baby crocodile first. 🙂

We saw a lot of monkeys in the – in Monkey Forest, as well as running alongside the road and hanging out in trees.

In town, Ashley, Kennedy and I let the little spa fish nibble all the dead skin off our legs and feet. Really, they looked and felt great afterward, but it felt really strange.

Back at the villa there were many colorful and interesting bugs.

While relaxing in the pool one afternoon, I noticed a colorful, little metallic orb in the water. Turns out it was was a Golden Tortoise Beetle. I love his little “skirt”.

A few days later I spotted another shimmering orb floating in the pool and fished it out – this one a little larger beetle. Very, very pretty, don’t you think?

And finally – the geckos. Every time Asyia would see one she’d point and say “gecko!” (which may have been her first spoken word.)

They come in many sizes and we love them because they eat lots of mosquitoes and other bugs. But we did learn to keep an eye out for these big guys and their piles of poop. I learned pretty quickly not to stand or sit under them.

Next up… some photos of the family.

(6) Comments   


Jennifer Pearce on February 5th, 2013 at 3:21 am

Beautiful animal shots! I especially love the one of the praying mantis and the beetles, and those red dragonflies are so beautiful. Those frogs really like you, and I love how excited Aysia got about them, too. 🙂 I sure love all the little animal friends, although I have to admit, the mosquitoes and I don’t get along very well at all.

Carol Tyler on February 5th, 2013 at 3:21 am

Am in love with the teensy pool frog on your hand. These are incredible reminders of the diversity that we share the earth with, under Frog King’s rule, which I hope is wise and just.

Brandon on February 5th, 2013 at 7:41 am

Great pictures, Mom! And fun memories about the animals we saw together. Those beetles are so beautiful and iridescent! The frogs all miss you, though. They sing your name nightly.

Irene on February 7th, 2013 at 8:21 am

What interesting creatures. Beautiful pictures of them. That Bearcat looks so flyffy. Thanks for taking and posting the pictures. You know my most favorite of the creatures are the human ones. Love you

paul on February 7th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

OK, so I have many phobias and one of them is picking up animals and insects that I know nothing about. Did you know that there is a frog that carries a deadly venom on the outside of his skin. No cure. The pictures were lovely and relevant cause if you come down with some strange asian condition then you can show the doctors the picture of the things you’ve been fondling.

Kaylyn on April 30th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I love all of the colorful pictures! You have an amazing eye. I’ve been away for a bit, and have missed you so I wanted to stop in and say hello!

Hope all is well.

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