10.08.2021 Frog Friday

Although it’s getting late, frogs are still up and about on Poor Farm Swamp lily-pads. I was pleasantly surprised to see a fair number as I walked the rail trail this past Sunday morning and found this handsome rake shortly after the turtle that I posted on Tuesday.

American Bullfrog-Lithobates catesbianus with a few Lily-pad Planthoppers-Megamelus davisi in Poor Farm Swamp.

At this late date one wouldn’t expect to capture a favorite for the year but this guy is just that.  He’s young, handsome, relatively unmarred, and has some nice chest marking along with beautiful eyes.  I posted this as a large file just so you could see the eye detail and bugs. I wasn’t aware of the bugs when composing this which was shot with the zoom full out and doubled to 800mm. I focused primarily on the eye so didn’t even see the planthoppers until on the big screen. And, of course, seeing those wonderful webbed feet is a plus too. And the light!  Can you tell that I am enthusiastic about this one?  😀

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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23 Responses to 10.08.2021 Frog Friday

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    At first I thought him lonely, perched on his pad, then saw your bugs comment and opened up to find.. he’s not alone at all 😀 ~such a lovely frog, and with a great gleam in his eye!

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  2. Did you know that rake in the sense that you used it is a shortened form of rakehell?
    https://www.etymonline.com/word/rakehell?ref=etymonline_crossreference
    Your “relatively unmarried” is an interesting turn of phrase.

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    • Yes, I did know that from checking to be sure it was a somewhat accurate usage.
      That would be an interesting turn of a phrase if that’s what I wrote. Unmarred…and no, I didn’t edit.

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      • Wow, my morning mind read it as “unmarried.” Strange. I’ve come up with some interesting things over the years by misreading a word or phrase. You probably remember the Reader’s Digest, which was printed in two columns on each page. My high school friends and I would sometimes read across the column break to see what strange phrases we could generate.

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      • I do the same as I get up often at 3 or earlier and comment when I am not entirely awake.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    He is a handsome one. Speaking of unmarred or unmarried, I wonder if there’s a dating service for frogs where “young, handsome, relatively unmarred, [with] some nice chest marking along with beautiful eyes” would attract attention from the girl-frogs.

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  4. Very nice Steve! Always enjoy your frog images!

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  5. babsje says:

    Your Frog Friday posts always bring a smile. Best, Babsje

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  6. Tina says:

    He looks like he just told a joke and even though I didn’t hear it, I smiled.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    He is a fine specimen – well done, Steve!

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  8. krikitarts says:

    He looks so delightfully smug, I think he must have had great luck with other available recent morsels.

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    Your enthusiasm is completely warranted in my book! One of the things I like, aside from all that you mentioned, is the subtle coloration overall. And when you see it blown up it’s like he’s grinning, just thinking about that meal right in front of him. He’s at the buffet table. 🙂
    It’s always heartening to know that at least where you live, frogs are still going strong.

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    • They always seem to be grinning. I’ve only shot a few “grumpies”. In the two ponds I faithfully visit there seems to be an endless population of them. That’s good news and I hope they maintain or even increase their numbers.

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