"Heart of the Symphony "
14x10" colored pencil on Bristol Board
(C) Cara Bevan 2009
If you live near open land you may be blessed by the night symphony of frogs and crickets. This important music has inspired “Heart of the
Symphony.” Of all the wonderful summer night sounds, the frog is the heart of it all. They have been for a long time – nearly 200 million
years! Their songs are a chorus of unique, soothing melodies. When winter comes, it’s sad to hear them stop. If you don’t hear their music
on summer nights, even with land for them to live on, then there’s a problem. It’s a recently discovered fact that frogs are strong indicators
of healthy land. Like a canary in a coal mine, they are sensitive to an unbalanced environment and will leave if something is wrong. If you
use pesticides to keep your grass ‘healthy’ and free of pesky bugs then everything else dies too. The frogs, and invertebrates they prey
upon like mosquitoes, slugs, and snails, are partially responsible for healthy ground. If they leave, often times the wellbeing of the land isn’t
far behind. What is more important – beautiful grass pumped with toxins and poisons or a song that has withstood the test of time? The frog’
s ancient melody is one to be cherished. Just think, the dinosaurs could have heard the frog’s tunes too! If we let the heart of the symphony
stay, we will be blessed with great health and a sonata that no human can reproduce.
heart of the symphony colored pencil toad frog piano
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