BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE 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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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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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!

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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.