Creeping Downward

I thought I would share another shot of the tree frog. She was creeping down toward her intended safe haven.

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Nikon D5100 f/11 ISO 800 1/250 s 55-300@270mm – Summer 2012

I am grateful that Bridger spotted her for me and called me out to take her photo. Surely there are many of these frogs in the trees around us, yet we so rarely see them. I get excited when I see wild animals, and I hope I always will!

Oddity

I guess these are some sort of galls on this Hackberry tree.

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Nikon D5100 f/6.7 1/125sec focal length 116mm – Summer 2012

It is odd how a photo of an injury or disease can still come out beautiful. I think it is mostly due to the color. What do you think? Is it beautiful? Would black and white make it less so?

Surrender!

Uncle! What do we trees and bushes need to say for the rain to come?

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Nikon D5100 f/8.0 1/250sec 55-300@300mm – Summer 2012

Despite the pathos of a single dead leaf on bare twigs, the light through this leaf is beautiful. I am out searching for beauty to photograph. If I wanted to show desperation or decline, I guess I would need different lighting.

What do you think?

Ssso, What Else Is in the Pond?

Bridger was up fishing at the pond when he spotted a snake swimming by.

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D5100 f/22 ISO 800 1/250s 55-300@260mm – Summer 2012

Later that morning I went up to take some mid-day photographs. Usually I am there just after sunrise or just before sunset, but it turns out there is plenty going on in the heat of the day. Bridger’s snake swam by a couple of times, looking mighty cool and comfortable in the pond water. It surely was more comfortable there than I was on the bank in triple digit heat!

It is a pretty powerful swimmer if we can judge by the ripples it is creating! Does anyone recognize the variety of snake?

One more visitor to the pond.

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Nikon D5100 f/6.7 ISO 400 1/60s 55-300@300mm – Summer 2012

He trotted casually up to the pond while I was standing stock still waiting for a dragonfly to return to a stump. He didn’t notice me for some 25 minutes, but he was hidden in some brush where I could only occasionally glimpse an ear when he moved. Consequently, I only have two photos of him from that morning.

The photo is somewhat out of focus. It is amazing there is any sort of focus at all, as I had done something I rarely do, turned it to manual focus in an attempt to capture a dragonfly skimming the pond surface. My autofocus kept bringing the reflection into focus instead of the surface of the water. When I saw the coyote, I forgot all about focusing and just snapped a photo – I did, barely, remember to roll the little wheel, changing my aperture to allow for switching from sunlight to shadow.

Salutations!

Charlotte’s Web fans will recognize that famous greeting by which Wilbur met his best friend. Could this web have been created by one of Charlotte’s descendants?

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Nikon D5100 f/13 ISO 800 1/250s Nikkor 55-300@300mm – Summer 2012

It has a cheery, artistic look to it, and glints of sunlight spark off it in such a magical way – it sparks my imagination 🙂

Invisible?

Bridger, as he so often does, told me he saw something I needed to photograph….

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Nikon D5100 f/11 1/250s ISO 800 Nikkor 55-300mm – Summer 2012

A gray tree frog. His color blended perfectly with the electric pole he was on, even to the green, speckled areas resembling moss or lichen. He froze and stared at me, hoping I didn’t really see him. He crept downward, easing a leg forward, pausing, then slowly moving his body to catch up. This was great for me, as it put his head in the sun! Finally he decided I was showing too much interest and he was close enough to his intended hiding spot, so he hurried into a crevice where I could not get at him.

Isn’t Bridger great at spotting critters for me to photograph?