Frog Night

Southern California's three most common frog species - the California Toad, the Baja California Chorus Frog, and the California Chorus Frog - can all be found together in the streams of Southern California. This drawing depicts a typical early summer evening in the Arroyo Seco, which flows through Pasadena and joins the LA River near Dodger Stadium.


Margaret Gallagher is an artist, illustrator, and curator based in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Her detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations highlight the intimate beauty of Southern California's native ecosystems. Long, quiet walks in LA's often-overlooked wild spaces - Griffith Park, the LA River, the San Gabriel and Santa Monica Mountains - provide inspiration for her drawings, which depict the hidden worlds of plants, animals, fungi, and invertebrates that subtly teem in the spaces around us. Scientifically accurate yet full of whimsy, the drawings are full of details that invite the viewer to linger, studying the creatures inhabiting each drawing. Margaret’s artwork invites fellow city-dwellers to recognize themselves as part of these interconnected webs of being.