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Old 12-12-2011, 10:28 PM   #16
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What is that blue plastic thing? Is it to place the food for the frog?
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Its an old wire insulator for old powerlines.
Yep that's a very old glass insulator. It has embossed "US Patent May 20 1897" on it. I set it up on that also very old utility pole crossarm that I foudn out in the woods seperately. The insulator is the frog's favorite place to hang out.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:46 PM   #17
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So what would you charge me to collect a piece of that walking fern for my collection? Its awesome and I cant recall coming across one around here. Of course, if I buy one ill find a field of them next spring
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:54 PM   #18
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If you look around online nurseries that sell native plants you should be able to find it.

Try a search for "nursery" + "walking fern".
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:01 PM   #19
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You are aware there's a Dalek going after your frog right? Those guys can be pretty mean.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:05 PM   #20
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I never knew that Daleks could fly...

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Old 12-17-2011, 06:04 PM   #21
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I am going to print the image(s) for the shadowbox background today. I split up an image from that tree into twelve and resized all to 8.5" X 11" so I could print onto clear transparency. Here they are all tiled up....



This is going to take a lot of taping to stick all these together. IT'll be a lot cheaper though (probably about $15) than printing onto a single clear sheet (probably >$100).
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:28 PM   #22
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Well I put the shadowbox background together and hung it up. It looks OK, but not especially awesome. It does add a bit more depth. I'm sure I could get something more impressive with more experimentation.
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:49 PM   #23
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Oh brother I just found a much easier way to get the background printed...

http://www.backlitposters.com/

An image printed onto a clear sheet for this tank would cost about $50, but that's only two times what I paid for a dozen letter size color transparencies, and it would be a lot less hassle.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:49 PM   #24
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Here's a quick picture to shoe the effect I got with the shadowbox background. This turned out alright but with more experimentation I could get some better results too.

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Old 12-22-2011, 11:42 PM   #25
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Here you go here are a couple more pictures...





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Old 12-22-2011, 11:45 PM   #26
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looks great, i really like the electricity pole thing the frog is crouching on, gives a nice modern touch to a great biotope!
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:52 PM   #27
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Thanks! I wouldn't really call that glass insulator "modern". You can find them around as antiques, but I don't think they have used them for power transmission for a long time.

I remember when we were kids you could still find them on fallen-down utility poles along railroad tracks, but then people started to collect them and now you can only find them in an antiques shop.

That is the frog's favorite place to bask. He's always there.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:54 AM   #28
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I had a couple more pictures...





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Old 12-23-2011, 04:10 AM   #29
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No fair using Latin names to make a normal old frog sound exotic!

Cool set-up and scaping as always.
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:13 AM   #30
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Thanks!

I think this frog is great. I really like him.
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