Frog Spotting 101

19 May

If you follow my frog spotting tips, you, too, can take a close-up picture of a frog in a pond.  This little fella lives at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary.

Tramping around the woods and marshes of Pennsylvania has taught me a few things about nature–walk softly, listen closely, and keep your eyes wide open.  It was my Dad who took me out in the woods to look for turtles, snakes, and toads and anything else we saw was an added bonus.  I remember being amazed at my Dad’s ability to stare at a still body of water and point out turtles, snakes and frogs lurking within the waters.  I mean, the guy could spot a turtle with just its head sticking out of the water–without binoculars!

He also taught me to listen.  “Do you hear that?” he would ask me as we drove around on balmy spring nights.  “Those are spring peepers.  And there’s a bullfrog!”  Then, of course, if there was a turtle or any other animal on the roadway, my Dad could spot the thing before anyone else.  He taught me not only to appreciate nature, but how to put aside the busyness of life to observe it firsthand.  I can attest my love of nature photography to my father.

The other day when I was out looking for hawks I came upon this little frog.  Even though I half-hoped a hawk would scoop it up for dinner (I know!  I’m terrible!  But can you imagine the photograph I would have taken?), this little guy was pretty adorable (though not so adorable that I would kiss him in hopes he would turn into a prince.)  Here’s how to spot a frog.

1.  When approaching a pond, walk lightly.  You may hear the frogs croaking and making other noises, which tend to cease as you near ’em.   You may also hear a few splashes as some frogs (or turtles) head to the water to get away from you.  That’s OK, just look for little heads popping up all over the place.

2.  Look closely, walk softly, listen intently.

3.  Observe the reeds and rocks along the shore, and soon enough you’ll find a pair of little eyes staring back at you.

4.  Keep a safe distance or the frog may get startled and attack.  If this happens, seek first aid immediately.  Just kidding; frogs don’t even have teeth.  It would just jump in the water.  Unless it’s a mutant frog, then it could definitley attack.  Should you try to catch the frog, make sure that you have a friend or family member nearby with a camera to take pictures in case you fall into the pond, which will create hilarity for years to come.

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  1. Wendy May 21, 2009 at 3:50 PM #

    I have no idea why but there are frogs that hang out at the front of our movie theater. (We live in the country.) You have to be careful when you leave the theater or you will step on them. Isn’t that weird??

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