Peeper on a leaf - tight crop

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    I took a solo ramble in the Caldwell Lake area yesterday, and came upon a brief wave of emerging spring peeper froglets at the beaver pond. These tiny treefrogs are almost never seen, but they're a big part of our soundscape in the spring. At this age, they could sit comfortably on your smallest fingernail. Note the vestigial tail. The X on its back is the species' signature.

    After getting these shots, I realized that my camera's control wheel had been bumped to "Digital Vari-Program: Night Landscape" while I scrambled through the timber to get a decent angle and focusing distance. Odious name (fire Nikon's copywriter!), odious lockless control wheel (fire Nikon's designer!), odious incompetent photographer (heck, fire me).

    In spite of that, the image came out reasonably well.

    emimaru, heidigoseek, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. ricmcarthur 105 months ago | reply

      Noisy little buggers.
      We get them by the thousands, literally.
      Thier spring chorous is amazingly loud.
      Good photo despite Nikon's wheel of screw ups.

    2. hearman 105 months ago | reply

      Nice photo, even with the dual malfunctions.

    3. jusfrais 105 months ago | reply

      It came out very nice, despite that wheel.

    4. spikeblacklab 105 months ago | reply

      Great shot no matter what the settings (hey, sometimes luck runs in our favor, too!). I just can't imagine this frog so tiny... I'd love to see one in person, or something in the photo that would indicate its size. I realize, though, that you were lucky enough to find one, let alone risk scaring it away.

    5. Jamuudsen 105 months ago | reply

      There wasn't really any way to add a sense of scale to the image, since these little devils were skittish to the extreme, and my usual bush-telephoto won't focus any closer than 1.5 m. If I'd had a macro lens with me I might have been able to sneak a finger into a frame.

      The adults are only a couple of centimetres long.

    6. makeupanid 105 months ago | reply

      Good Shot despite Nikon's shortcomings......and....um....the photographers...LOL

    7. spikeblacklab 105 months ago | reply

      Hey, Jack, I saw this on Explore just now... Is it the same type of frog? I've never see one so tiny! Amazing!!!

      flickr.com/photos/ellishall/187541433/

    8. Jamuudsen 105 months ago | reply

      Given that the photographer is in the UK, I doubt it. So far as I know, there aren't any amphibians that are found in both the Americas and Europe. But many treefrogs, when they have only just metamorphosed, are tiny! They're seldom seen because they disappear into the foliage minutes after they leave the pond.

      I don't like touching wild amphibians, especially when I have bug dope and sunscreen on my hands, so I'll likely never take a photo that shows scale in that way.

    9. spikeblacklab 105 months ago | reply

      Ahh... Wasn't paying attention to the UK part in their photo description! I understand why you wouldn't want to touch anything wild, even without the bug spray and sunscreen. (Best to admire, but not touch.) The frog in their shot just reminded me of yours in terms of scale and appearance...

    10. farlane 97 months ago | reply

      Hello there. I blogged your great photo to The Michigan Pages: Spring Peepers on Absolute Michigan. I hope that's OK by you!

    11. Jamuudsen 97 months ago | reply

      Fine with me ... thanks for letting me know!

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