09.04.2020 Frog Friday…the old and the new

While I was processing today’s recent image I was reminded of my first frog post (actually my first blog post as well) back some years ago.  I have shared it in comments a few times but thought to pair it with my most recent shot from August 24th.

Back in 2008 I spent a lot of time along the Amherst portion of the Norwottuck Rail Trail that passes through Poor Farm Swamp, a location I’ve mentioned here often. At that time I used my 40D, which is now almost exclusively my yard insect camera, with my old 300 f/4 and 1.4x teleconverter for wildlife. I saw this guy sitting on a log calling for a girl friend and sat there with him and the motor drive clicking away to capture an enlarged vocal sac while he was croaking. I was successful a few times but this was and still is my favorite.

Kind of a hard act to follow, but I like my most recent from Moosehorn Pond almost as well.  A little more personality, I think. I haven’t been as successful capturing croaks lately but do enjoy the portraits.

Comparing the two, you can definitely see a subtle detail/sharpness difference between the 40D with 300 and the 5D Mark IV and the 100-400.  And, of course, blown up large the difference wouldn’t be as subtle.

The rust coloring on the rock he is perched upon is most likely the result of Leptothrix, a bacteria in the water that interacts with iron and oxygen.

As the season winds down Frog Fridays may become less common but autumn is a good time for Fog Fridays.

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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30 Responses to 09.04.2020 Frog Friday…the old and the new

  1. These are both endearing portraits and make a good pair.

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  2. NJUrbanForest says:

    Great shots! Just saw some Green Frogs today.

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  3. krikitarts says:

    I haven’t seen that first one before–how delightful!

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    Oh yeah, the new guy has mucho personality! But the old guy does make one pause. 😉

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  5. Your first frog looks as though he has swallowed a big orange–it’s hilarious. 🐸🍊😊

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Great images, Steve. I love the iris pattern in the eyes in the second one. Fun study!

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  7. Sandra says:

    The pair are adorable! The first could be an illustration so sweet especially with the flowers. The 2nd one with his big grin is charming too.

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  8. Thank you very much for the latest edition of the frog blog. Yes, the 5D definitely shows the advancement of technology.

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  9. Couple of good-lookin’ characters. That first one looks to be a real Pavarotti, Così fan froggy.

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  10. Todd Henson says:

    I can see why that top one is a favorite, such a great job capturing that while also creating a pleasant composition. I love the perspective for the bottom one, really draws you to those eyes.

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    • I was slightly elevated for both but the frog on the log kind of put us on equal footing. I was happy to have a little bladderwort color (another carnivorous plant) in the frame. Thanks, Todd.


  11. Ann Mackay says:

    There’s something decidedly amusing about that top photo. They’re both lovely frogs 🙂

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  12. melissabluefineart says:

    Oh I love it! I had a weird day last Friday and nearly missed this one. Not only did you get the croak, but a beautiful image of the Utricularia as well.

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