08.23.2019 Frog Friday II

Another subject I can’t stop shooting. I’ve only been seeing bullfrogs and green frogs this year, but I am happy with them.  There’s just something about their calm expression that makes me just a bit giddy.  🙂

Again with the “zoom macro”.

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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24 Responses to 08.23.2019 Frog Friday II

  1. Look at the American Heritage Dictionary‘s word history for giddy:

    Though little trace of a divine provenance can be discerned in its modern meaning, giddy is derived from the same ancient Germanic word (*gudam) that has given us the word God. The Germanic word *gudigaz, formed from the word *gudam, meant “possessed by a god.” Such possession can be a rather unbalancing experience, and so it is not surprising that the Old English descendant of *gudigaz, gidig, meant “mad, possessed by an evil spirit,” or that the Middle English development of gidig, gidi, meant the same thing, as well as “foolish,” “mad (used of an animal),” “dizzy,” and “uncertain, unstable.” Our sense “lighthearted, frivolous” represents the ultimate secularization of giddy.

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  2. Ann Mackay says:

    I love the top photo – it’s a beautifully composed froggy portrait. I wish the frogs in my garden would sit still long enough to be photographed. (Maybe when I get the pond finished for them.)

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  3. Me too, excellent froggy portrait. I’ve always gotten a big kick out of toads and frogs.

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  4. Pete Hillman says:

    Wow! Lovely photos Steve! Stunning colours!

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  5. Todd Henson says:

    I have the same problem as Ann, most frogs I try to photograph hop away before I’ve gotten a shot. So it’s always great to see some nice ones like these.

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    • I’ve found that a slow approach from a low perspective is much easier on their sense of danger. Most, but not all, of their predators strike from above. It doesn’t always work, and some jump no matter what, but often I do get to approach fairly close.


  6. Beautiful frog Friday. Actually, I really love the frog photos. I would gladly look at them any day of the week and as often as you cared to post them.

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  7. Gallivanta says:

    Beautiful. And I agree this one looks very calm and content.

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  8. shoreacres says:

    You do have expressive frogs. I have yet to find a frog that’s willing to sit for a portrait. All I get are ker-plunks when they hit the water. It may be that you’re aided by the water lily pads. The frogs I come across are at the edge of the water, hidden in the growth on the banks they leave with that flying leap. Anyway: this one (or this pair) is a delight. Is that a water lily bud he’s contemplating in the second photo?

    You’ve reminded me again of the great “Bullfrog Blues.” I like Bromberg’s version, but when I went looking for it, I discovered Canned Heat did a shorter and peppier version that’s good in a different way.

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    • I get my share of ker-plunks too. More than not. Sometimes I get them as you describe before I’ve even seen the ker-plunkers. Yes, that is a water-lily bud.
      I think it was Michael who mentioned the Bromberg version in a different frog post and I shared the Heat’s version with him. I was a big Canned Heat fan back in the day. The bassist, Larry “Mole” Taylor passed away recently.I loved the way he nodded and bounced around while playing.

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      • shoreacres says:

        I didn’t realize that Alan Wilson (Blind Owl) died at 27. I’ve never seen him mentioned in any articles about the so-called “27 Club” that included so many great musicians. That’s a great live performance, too. I really liked that group.

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      • Drugs took a lot of people during that period. Our current opioid epidemic is similar to the overdoses during that time. I was a big fan too. “You got to boogie!” Saw them in a two-day concert featuring several bands of the time, including Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield’s Super Session (it was good but a bit of hyperbole in the choice of names) and Steve Miller. My memory plays tricks on me, but I think the Moody Blues as well.

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    I’m always heartened when I see a frog, between their funny expressions and the fact that I know that amphibians have had it tough. The second photo is hilarious! 🙂 Loved the nodded and bounced around link, which caught my eye – and ears!

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