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STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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FROG CHALLENGE

Tree Frog

The size of the tree frog perched in a dense clump of flowers and the light proved quite the challenge. I have only ever seen a couple of tree frogs before and I couldn’t walk away without a photo. I waited, changed my position and waited some more but he never turned my way.  In the end though, I was pretty happy with the shot I got.


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FUN WITH FROGS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Frogs

Frogs are no easier to spot when on land or in the water. A jump or a splash usually alerts me to their presence. The first frog looks pretty bold. The leopard frog in the second photo probably hopes he has disappeared into the background. Almost but not quite.

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FROG THURSDAY (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

FrogThere’s a little pond in a wildlife garden we go to that has several resident leopard frogs. I always check the pond when we first get there and again when we leave. Most times the frogs hardly budge, so I can always take a few more photos.

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FROG ON A LOG

Frog.jpgThe frog is well camouflaged! A little trade secret – I added a vignette to darken the background and a radial dial to brighten his face, both Lightroom edits. A fine subject, nicely placed, the photo just needed a bit of fine tuning to do this handsome fellow justice.


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GREY TREEFROG

Tree FrogThese frogs can be grey, brown or green. This one was a lovely shade of green. I’ve heard them calling a few times but had never seen one close up. A friend was focused on a patch of sunflowers as we approached and he pointed to this well camouflaged frog. They overwinter under leaf litter and snow.


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FALL FROGS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Frogs-2The leaves are beginning to change colour but the days are warm and the frogs are still about. With some luck it’ll be a while before they tuck in for the winter and I’ll have more opportunities for photos like these.

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LEOPARD FROG

Leopard FrogThis is one of only a few frogs I’ve seen this summer, a handsome leopard frog. He stayed in the same position for the longest time, I hoped he would move forward a bit so I could get all of him in the shot. I waited for a while and finally gave up and continued my walk. As we were leaving the garden, I checked to see whether he had moved on. He hadn’t budged at all. I guess he was enjoying the day his way!


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MORE FUN WITH FROGS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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.


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A FONDNESS FOR FROGS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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…


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FROGS 0N LOGS (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

On a lazy hot day, I passed these frogs hanging out just off the viewing platform. There was nothing much about, a few ducks, a few dragonflies and these two. We went on our way and on our return the frogs had barely moved, waiting it seemed for lunch to show up.


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JUMP (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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.


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WARTS AND ALL (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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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!

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LOOKING UP (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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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?

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FROG WATCH (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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It’s been a good year for frogs at the lake. When birds and insects were in short supply, there were plenty of frogs to photograph. One spot in particular is dotted with tiny frogs, most submerged up to their necks. There is something very appealing about frogs and best of all most times they’ll sit still for a portrait!

frog-2


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NORTHERN LEOPARD FROG

N.Leopard Frog

I was surprised to come across this frog peaking out from behind some grass a fair distance from the water.  I later learned that this is pretty common as this species occupies a wide range of environments.  The frog remained perfectly still and I only caught sight of him because my attention was drawn to an insect close by.  I sharpened and enhanced the detail in Photoshop and made contrast, shadow and exposure adjustments in Lightroom.  I also added a post-crop vignette to darken the edges and draw attention to the centre of the photograph.