I took this photo in the same marshland I featured recently. The frogs have found a spot quite close to shore among the lily pads and I often see them as I walk by. I caught this frog in a thoughtful pose.
As the warm weather ends and frogs begin hibernation, I thought it would be fun to have another look at these wonderful subjects. There is a cove at the reserve that was a perfect spot to photograph a variety of frogs. After a summer windstorm, access to it was blocked by fallen trees so we had to go further afield for photo opportunities. It would be nice if the management of the reserve does a bit of clearing next spring so that we can enjoy these little creatures nearby once again.
I do like frogs, something I came to realize when I took up nature photography. You have to appreciate their patience and skill in the hunt, their ability to hide in plain sight, their comical expressions and those eyes. With the cooler days upon us, we haven’t seen them for a while. I imagine they’re preparing for their long winter of hibernation until next spring…
I wouldn’t have noticed this leopard frog if I hadn’t been looking in its general direction. Perhaps my footsteps startled him and he leapt for cover under the dandelion. These frogs are so well camouflaged that I wonder how many I may have overlooked so far this spring, this being my first sighting.
There’s something about frogs I can’t help but like. There were a lot of them at our lake this year and by mid summer they didn’t startle too easily. A subject that stays put is always appreciated by this photographer. Frogs look composed and patient even when hunting for food. Their expression doesn’t change, they always seem to wear an enigmatic grin. I guess I like them warts and all!
These photographs were taken in August when the lake was brimming with frogs. With the cooler weather here, we haven’t seen any in weeks and I think that’s probably it for the year. When I came upon this frog, I had to laugh. He was right up against this tree stump and it looked like he was taking the measure of the obstacle up ahead. I continued on my walk and when I returned to check on him an hour later, he was no longer there. I did see a frog on a lily pad on the other side of the stump and wondered if it was the same frog. If it was, did it go up and over or take a detour?