08.31.2014 Peeper

My yard is quite noisy with frogs, toads, crickets and katydids.  Last night I went out with my flashlight to see if I could spot any of the choir in the act.  Most all the sounds were coming from above and I had just about given up hope of spotting anyone when I turned to old faithful…my boneset.  I was thinking either a katydid or moth, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this little Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) sitting on a leaf and hidden from above.  He/she was so low that I shot this from a kneeling position.Spring-Peeper-083014-600WebI never did get to see him/her engage in song, but I think that once mating is past they vocalize a bit less.

I generally don’t “photoshop” beyond the basic contrast adjustments and sharpening.  But for this one I did clone out the flash specular highlights.  I don’t use flash often and have a learning curve in progress.  I believe there is a way to control the speculars and possibly polarize the flash, but I haven’t got that far yet.  I do place a diffuser over my 550EX.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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33 Responses to 08.31.2014 Peeper

  1. Jim in IA says:

    It is a fine looking specimen. How big would you say it was? I like the way the boundary between light and dark in front of and behind the eye continues through the eye.


  2. Just a little over an inch: I’d conceived it a good deal larger, so I’m glad you mentioned its size in your previous reply. In my limited experience tiny frogs seem more willing to stay put than large ones, but I probably don’t have enough data to support that conjecture.


    • There could be something to your hypothesis, Steve. I’ve found a few factors in their staying put….distance, height (as in not looking like a predator from above or below) and speed of approach. Then again, sometimes nothing spooks them and at others anything might. I’ve had times when I walked right up and shot and other times when I have approached at eye level and quite slowly over quite a while only to have one jump just as I am about to shoot. They are a lot easier than a turtle sunning on a log…now that is skittish.


  3. A pretty frog indeed and I love frogs- large or small. The itty bitty ones in my yard are seldom seen but I know they are around.Great photo, Steve.


  4. I am delighted to hear that you have peepers, and you, too, Jim! We used to have them in our are but their numbers took a dive. I was also noticing the markings that continue through the eye~ how beautifully you have captured that.


    • Thanks, Melissa. Just one of the many wonders we can enjoy when not living in the city. Such a fine variety too. I am sorry that you don’t have them, or at least not as many, for your enjoyment and the obvious health of the eco-community there.


  5. Just Rod says:

    He may have thought you were proposing Steve. Nice handheld flash capture. Beautiful frog markings.


  6. Okay, this is where I need to be! I lost my way inn Google+ for a while; that’s what was creating my confusion.

    This little guy is quite the charmer. We don’t have spring peepers here – their native range ends a few counties east of us. We tend to have chorus frogs of several persuasions, presumably filling a similar niche but able to cope with our drier climate a bit more easily.


    • Thanks for persisting and finding your way here, Cynthia. That’s good news that someone else has filled the choral niche in the absence of peepers.
      How is their mating different? I assume they still need a body of water for amplexus?


  7. Andrew says:

    A very handsome specimen, Steve. Why are they called Peepers?


  8. Another nice shot Steve. D


  9. shoreacres says:

    This really is a handsome specimen, and a fine photo. I might have missed that light/dark distinction, because I was more focused on his expression of bemused tolerance, but now that it’s been pointed out, I see it. After all the rain we’ve had, I think it’s time for a trip to a bayou for a frog fix.


  10. Phil Lanoue says:

    Super shot of Froggy Steve!
    Funny story, last month, we were hearing a weird buzzing noise by the wall where the TV is located. We started unplugging everything and could not make it stop. We eventually realized it was a frog outside right up against the wall of the house.


  11. Steven, I don’t often comment, but I always enjoy your beautiful view of life on earth. Thank you. J.F. Riordan


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