08.07.2020 Square Frame (Bull)Frog Friday

Here are a few shots from this past week. All from walks at Poor Farm Swamp along the Norwottuck Rail Trail.

The handsome guy from the polarizer comparison post with a bit of post processing.

A youngster enjoying life on a pad.

And a lovely lady in the pink. The petal is from one of the many invasive purple loosestrifes that grow along the edge of the swamp.

All shot with the 100-400 x2 combo on a tripod with a polarizer.

Happy Friday folks and have a great weekend.

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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29 Responses to 08.07.2020 Square Frame (Bull)Frog Friday

  1. shoreacres says:

    The second photo’s especially delightful. That inquisitive expression made me smile.

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    • I certainly hope inquisitiveness doesn’t kill the frog. I used beatific to describe bullfrog expression which I think that little guy exemplifies. Photographing them is fun but just keeping their company is quite enjoyable. When people say a lazy person sits around like a bump on a log they could also be describing a bullfrog.

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  2. Nice series of frog images Steve! Enjoyed seeing them!

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  3. You seem to have a never-ending supply of froggies. Are you aware of other nature photographers who go to the same place(s) to take pictures of them?

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    • They do breed like frogs. Finding them is fairly easy but getting different images unlike all the others is a challenge as you know. I don’t run in to other photographers working bullfrogs especially as early as I go. I did share my Moosehorn location with a photographer acquaintance but don’t know if he has gone there yet. The rail trail is well-visited so I doubt that it is much of a secret location for frogs.


  4. Maria says:

    How far away from the frog do you stand?

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    • Depends on the lens and conditions. For all of these I was at least six feet and in some 10 feet. Fairly close. We used to have a local lotus pond with both bull and green frogs. The pond was on private property surrounded by a lawn and the owner was happy to share. For the frog shots there I was sometime 12″ or so away with my 180 macro. A slow approach from eye level was acceptable to most of the frogs. Their main predators are waders like herons and egrets so they are more wary of an approach from above.


  5. melissabluefineart says:

    Wonderful, Steve. I love them all but the first one knocks my socks off. I do like the lady in pink 🙂
    Do you have loosestrife beetles in your area? They do a good job of controlling it now and so we can relax and enjoy how pretty it is around here. In fact, I have a stand of it in my garden but I always cut it down before it can go to seed.

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    • Yes. Of course they are non-native so introduced to control purple loosestrife. I haven’t seen any to date though.
      I was pretty happy to see the female with the petal. If you notice, the first male seems to be wearing a loosestrife ankle bracelet. 🙂


      • melissabluefineart says:

        Yes, I did notice 🙂 And yes, they are introduced. I didn’t know whether they had introduced them to your area. I was mighty skeptical about it at first but so far they leave our native loosestrifes alone.

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  6. NJUrbanForest says:

    Great shots! Especially love the lady in pink lol

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  7. Littlesundog says:

    I don’t seem to have the touch for photographing the bullfrogs in our slough. They see me long before I see them, and by then it’s a PLUNK in the water and I see the direction they escaped under water. Alas, I will have to go even earlier and just camp out and wait I guess.

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    • The combination I am using now makes things a bit easier, Lori. Most of my previous bullfrog images were with my 180 macro and required a stealthy ground level…in other words crawling in the mud…approach, The frogs are much more comfortable with my keeping a distance. Early does help. Most critters get a little logy in the coolness.

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  8. krikitarts says:

    It looks like they have the ideal environment here and they seem to be quite smug and complacent in it. Many of us could use a little more of that.

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    • Never mind clams. Happy as a frog covers my goal for the day. About the only thing these bullfrogs have to worry about is being skewered by a heron or egret. Otherwise it’s a carefree day of calling for mates and sunning happily.

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  9. Fabulous photos, Steve. Loving all those greens, and especially the ‘pink lady’ 🙂

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  10. bluebrightly says:

    Sorry to hear Purple loosestrife is still on the loose (and sorry about that one) but she sure put that petal to good use – I love it!

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    • Actually I enjoyed that pun. I don’t think Purple Loosestrife is going anywhere. There are many eradication programs but it, like many other invasives, only needs a tiny root hair to go wild again. The petal sure is a nice adornment.

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