Just How Minuscule Is It?

Back_Forty_Fall_2012_September_30_0047_tiny_frog Copyright Kyle MacKay Rives, 2012

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Almost Camouflaged

Sitting so still and silent at the edge of the pond.

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Nikon D5100 f/11 ISO 400 1/250 sec 55-300@300 mm – Autumn 2012

What a great place to catch your dinner – but watch out or you may be caught for dinner!

Precarious Perch

This view gives a pretty good feel for how small these teensy amphibians are.

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Nikon D5100 f/5.6 ISO 800 1/125 s Nikkor 55-300@300mm – Summer 2012

I wonder what it would feel like to just leap wildly in any direction and cling to whatever I hit? That is precisely what these tiny frogs do. They hold still until they are in imminent danger of being stepped upon, then they just leap madly, freezing where they land. Happily, I have not seen any diseased or malformed amphibians in or around our ponds 🙂

Hidden!

How did I spot this tree frog? It was washed out of the horse water trough when I cleaned and refilled it. After taking few shots of it sitting in the hay on the ground, I decided to see if I could catch it and move it to a more natural-looking environment.

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Nikon D5100 f/10 ISO 800 1/350 s Nikkor 55-300@300mm – Summer 2012

It was surprisingly easy to catch. I wondered if it was perhaps suffering from overheating, as it had been hiding in the lip of the black plastic water trough. That is not exactly a cool place to hide. In any case, it passively sat on the pine bark and allowed me to take several photos before it moved.

It is marvelous how well the tree frog blends in with the gray, rough bark. No wonder I rarely see them in their preferred settings!

Pipsqueak Frog

This little pipsqueak of a frog would fit on your thumbnail!

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Nikon D5100 f/16 ISO 800 1/350s Nikkor 55-300@300mm – Summer 2012

It saw me and was ready to leap away at any hint that I might try to eat it. By moving very slowly, I was able to focus the camera and get a couple of shots before it either moved or my eye just lost it. They are extremely hard to spot when they hold still!