10.22.2021 Can’t let go of Frog Fridays

And this Spring Peeper can’t let go either as it clings to the side of my garden shed. The nights are getting chilly and the days not as warm, so I know it’s over (frog season that is) but I can’t let go.

Look at those feet.  Spring Peepers-Pseudacris crucifer ( they have that cross on their backs) are able to climb flat surfaces with little “suction cups” for toes that are incurved and contain liquid, a mucus actually, that gives them a clingy quality.  Called Chorus Frogs, they are known for their little symphonies of squeaks on a warm wet spring night.  Occasionally we hear them at other times but they certainly do live up to their name. One starts and they all follow in song.

This was shot on August 24th while I was out in the early morning flashing insects on my boneset plant and I happened to see a small dark blob on the door to the shed.  As you can see, the paint needs some attention.

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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31 Responses to 10.22.2021 Can’t let go of Frog Fridays

  1. Pingback: 10.22.2021 Can’t let go of Frog Fridays — Stephen Gingold Nature Photography Blog | THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON...

  2. shoreacres says:

    The feet resemble our geckos’ feet. I only see those on the side of buildings now, but when I lived in Liberia I used to read while lying on the couch at night, and marvel at their ability to hang out on the ceiling.

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  3. That’s some attractive patterning on this froggy. I wonder if it has inspired any military or hunting camouflage.

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  4. Yay frogs, Yay Lucinda Williams! The theme for the (pretty good) cop show “Bosch” is also “I Can’t Let It Go,” and kinda weird but a real ear worm.

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  5. The patterns on the back of frogs are often interesting.

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  6. Platypus Man says:

    Thank you for the intro to Lucinda Williams, who’s never crossed my path before. Cute frog too!

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  7. Peter Klopp says:

    Great discovery, Steve! If all the frogs have retired for the long winter season you will always have your huge archive to fall back on.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    I love these little cuties. I saw one in a bush out front just Wednesday. I’ve been hearing a bit of their spring ‘echo’ calls… always a curious thing out of breeding season. Keeping in practice, I guess! 😉

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  9. Ann Mackay says:

    What a beautiful little frog! I love your description of the ‘little symphonies of squeaks’ – would love to hear that! 🙂

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  10. As so much of nature winds down, it’s nice to be reminded that it winds up again with one of the first signs: spring peepers. The white background and your usual excellent focus do this one justice. Thanks for the link to “Can’t Let Go.” Or maybe not thanks. I loved hearing the song again, but now I will hear it again and again and again in my head (and again and again and again).

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    • You are welcome for the ear worm, Linda. There are worse for sure. That happens to me often and many times not as enjoyable as Lucinda’s performance.

      People complain about Winter but I enjoy the change, although not the deep cold, and Spring seems more wonderful with such a contrast. It is heartening that we see so many frogs when they were on the decline not that long ago.

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  11. Great Frog image Steve! Your Post reminds me of my old pond. I was surprised my neighbor did not complain about the noise the frogs made in the evening. Certain days it was certainly Loud!

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  12. Carol says:

    Are spring peepers usually golden like this one? Beautiful coloring especially with the white paint behind.

    Like

  13. Todd Henson says:

    This one has a great view of those patterns on the back, and of the feet. How large are these? About the size of a quarter, or smaller or larger?

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  14. In the book ‘Animal Speak’ by Ted Andrews he writes … The frog is a totem for metamorphosis. It is a symbol of coming into one’s own creative power. That’s good … right!?! 🙂

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