Two Green Frogs

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So, a few days ago I posted this preview photo:

Here’s how that shot came to be.

I was inside painting (walls, ceilings, fingers, shirt, shorts . . . anywhere paint wants to go, it gets there) when I got a text from Melisa. She was outside watering the plants and texted there were a couple of cute frogs on the North wall of the house.

Note: that’s a bit of dead grass or straw on the back of the frog. We had just done some landscaping work and had put down straw in an area we had reseeded.

This next photo isn’t that good but it shows the two frogs on the wall.

When I grabbed the camera, I mounted the macro lens and wish I had left the zoom on there because it would have been easier to shoot these. The footing right below them is uneven (river-rocks on a slope) and I had a hard time getting the angles I wanted.

Also, the wall is in deep shade, so I even tried the on-camera flash.

I looked down to check the settings of the camera and both frogs were gone. I saw one, the one in the first shot at the corner of the wall. That’s a good three feet from where I had last seen it. Pretty quick, they are.

I then figured out where the other frog had gone to . . .

It had hopped to the gutter downspout and was in the process of squeezing between the gutter and the wall where the strap was attached. It was a tight fit.

Again, because of the footing and lighting, I didn’t notice the second photo was out of focus. My Bad.

Anyway, I decided to focus (focus . . . get it? . . . nevermind) on the frog out in the open. But because it was near the groundand the grass was wet, I opted for using the Live View and articulated screen to frame my shots.

. . . and then, it was just gone . . .

It took me a few moments to figure out where it had gone.

The river rocks have yet to see rain, so they are dusty, and that’s what you see on the lens hood; dried dirt.

Anyway, I took the frog on a little ride (showing it to Melisa) as I scrambled to get my phone and unlock it, operate the camera, and capture a few shots all with one hand.

After a few minutes, I put the camera down on the rocks . . .

. . . and it jumped off . . .

And, not just jumped off; jumped up quite a ways. These little guys can jump.

I picked up the camera and remembered it has a video option . . . but, again, the poor footing and angle and shooting while looking at the tilted screen gave me a few issues . . . still, here’s a semi-crappy clip of a longer video that’s mostly out of focus and bouncing all over the place. This short clip is all I salvaged.

Won’t win any Oscars but it’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

Edited to add:
Information on the frog: https://blogs.illinois.edu/view/7362/502748

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Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
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13 Responses to Two Green Frogs

  1. Not especially well camouflaged!

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  2. Terri says:

    Hi Emilio,

    Love that story and the pics of frogs! Sounds like you two are staying busy, hope you enjoy the great Midwest fall!

    Terri

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. AnnMarie says:

    Amazing how the close-up portraits reminded me of Kermit! I wonder if they’re related?

    Even with all the shooting set up problems . . . nice shots, bro.

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks, Ann. They are cute . . . in reading about them, those must be this year’s frogs. I’ve seen one other frog (a different type), but it was gone fefore I got my camera.

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  4. sandra getgood says:

    Love the frogs… and some of the photographs are really incredibly good….I almost thought they might be wondering what on earth you are doing, following them around and clicking whatever they wonder that camera is. They certainly don’t appear to be nervous!

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Sandra.

      That could be why that one hopped on the lens . . . it wanted to check it out. Another Nikon fan in the making.

      The other frog was not happy with me being around and hid pretty quickly. This one didn’t seem too bothered, but it too eventually hid. I missed the shot where it quickly looked out to see where I was.

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  5. Aw and Oh! What great photos and vid of two cuties!
    And that one froggy is a photography-subject who likes to get up close and personal with the camera! Ha!
    Thank you for sharing them with us, Emilio! They definitely make me feel hoppy!
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  6. Eddy Winko says:

    I would imagine that if you had a car that colour you would be less likely to have an accident.

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