Frog at the Pond

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    I returned to the pond this morning. I was there about 20 minutes, trying to capture dragonflies (or perhaps damselflies), before I noticed this frog blending into the environment.

    I thought it was a toad, but my husband says it's a frog. I looked it up on the web, and apparently those long legs (jumping legs) and shiny skin mean that my husband is right. Sigh.

    I tried many combinations of digital and optical teleconverters. I liked best this shot taken with the digital teleconverter set to 1.6X. I think I'm going to be very happy with this new digital teleconverter feature.

    By the way, the combination of digital with optical teleconverter (not shown here) came out better than expected. I'll be trying that more in the future.

    That's duckweed floating on the surface of the pond.

    I'm using her eye as my new buddy icon. :-)

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    1. Carla Finley 81 months ago | reply

      Excellent image!

    2. Red~Star 81 months ago | reply

      Hey......we both photographed and posted frog pics today. I love yours....mine was taken in bad light [dark woods]. YES....that is duckweed it is sitting in. I love the gorgeous green color of duckweed. It matches your green frog beautifully. I wonder what kind of frog this is? I bought a frog book today to try and identify mine.
      I think your digital teleconverter 1.6x feature is working amazingly well. This is sooooo sharp and nicely composed. I love it.


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    3. DrNature 81 months ago | reply

      Great shot! You have a female bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana), the largest of the native North American frogs. You can tell it is a female because the tympanum (disk-like structure just behind the eye - yes, that is its ear) is the same size as the eye. In males it is much larger than the eye. The plant is duckweed (genus Lemna), and it is one of the smallest flowering plants. That's a cool contrast!

    4. Noël Zia Lee 81 months ago | reply

      Wow .. thanks to everyone for their wonderful comments and invitations! Dr Nature, I truly appreciate the information. I hope you'll come back again some time and help me identify the critters that I shoot.

    5. Red~Star 81 months ago | reply

      gee.....maybe DrNature can visit my frog and tell me what kind it is? He seems to know all. I'd keep him around for future help with ID, Noel Lee, LOL.

    6. *labaronesa* 81 months ago | reply

      I can actually hear Paul telling you that it's a frog...and the look on your face...LOL. A great photo, my dear. This S5 really has got it on.

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    7. Noël Zia Lee 81 months ago | reply

      LOL Linda! I have to admit that I didn't believe him and did an Internet search. I'm glad I did, because he was right.

    8. catmc 81 months ago | reply

      I always really like the clarity of your nature shots, even when it's a warty toad, er, frog. Another beautiful shot.

    9. DrNature 81 months ago | reply

      Noel Lee:

      Glad I was of assistance. My real expertise is the local flora of the Southeast, but I like to look at other neat things, too.

    10. Pseudacris 81 months ago | reply

      I have an addendum to DrNature's correct ID, while it is true that this is the largest native frog in the United states, it is not native to Oregon; but rather is introduced and has been accused of doing considerable damage to local amphibian populations. There's actually a law that if you catch one and keep it as a pet, you either have to kill it or keep it in an enclosure for the rest of its life.

    11. floralgal 81 months ago | reply

      Great shot of Mr. Frog. They seem to love having their picture taken!

    12. DrNature 81 months ago | reply

      Pseudacris: Absolutely. One of my major interests is invasive exotic species (primarily plants), and the bullfrog is a major invasive species in the western US. Thank you for including this important piece of natural history.

      And of course, bullfrogs are edible...

    13. DrNature 81 months ago | reply

      Hi Floralgal!

      That's Ms./Mrs. Frog, not Mr. Frog!

    14. Noël Zia Lee 81 months ago | reply

      Thanks for all the info, everyone! I think I'll leave Ms. Bullfrog exactly where I found her. I don't think I want to kill, cage, or eat her. It is too bad that her relatives are endangering native species, though.

    15. funadium 80 months ago | reply

      Cute!
      I have dozen of them, here around, but it's impossible to take photos to them. I guess I can't post just a sound record of them... :-)

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    16. HGHjim 78 months ago | reply

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    17. (((Daniel))) [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

      Absolutely a great shot!

    18. davidbaggenstos 56 months ago | reply

      Great shot! I've enjoyed it all day on my search page: www.startlike.com/ -- you probably already know that it was on starthike - I'm sure thousands of people enjoyed the photo today as I did. Thanks for sharing it.

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