Nature's Place

Frogged Again …

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

Could be the Graceful Tree Frog. It’s 5 or 6 times the size of the other frogs I’ve been posting pix of, the Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog.

Have you noticed the little grey-blue on and around the frog? Springtails love living on the wet wood under the pot plants.

Click on this one and click again and you will see a small army of hitchhikers on the head. Tiny grey-blue springtails. They could be a working part of this one’s ecosystem.

She knew I was watching, and on one jump tried to hide behind a piece of wood. Not very hard though. I think she was curious too, hadn’t seen the likes of me before.

A new frog arrived at a part of my garden the other night, the pot plants around the water tank. S/he came with the rain, what else. They need the water to get around on, the wet aids their travel. Water joins everything up, for the small and large alike. Then it’s high ground and shelter that matters, even to frogs.

There was something about this one though. I saw it at the edge of the tank garden where it would have entered from the long wide lawn and it sat stock still as I watched for a moment. As soon as I looked away it jumped, and it’s jumping and landing was a pleasure to watch, though barely seen. Masterful frog.

It did this a few times while I took what shots I could get. And then, one last time, I looked away and it disappeared into the green, as if on cue.

They know when we’re watching them, and they know we’re not a threat, but they are private creatures all the same, instinctively.

Everything comes and goes in the garden. Best to take it as it comes and hold to nothing, let it go.

That way we’re ready when something else comes, and will come the sooner for it.

And let it go …

That’s life …

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.



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  1. rw5550 said, on 29/10/2022 at 3:34 am

    My apologies(I posted on your wordpress post asking what kind of camera it is), after I scrolled down further on your website I saw the lumix pictures. I’m going to have to take a look at this camera. I stopped using my Fuji sometime back and rely solely on my camera phone. I love macro photography. I do mostly videos now. I’m curious about the video features on this camera. I never see frogs here in NC but in Florida I would see lots of them.

  2. rw5550 said, on 29/10/2022 at 3:09 am

    Great photos!!!! I looked at your setup but you didn’t say the kind of camera. Is it the panasonic lumix? Your pictures are very impressive.

    • Mark said, on 29/10/2022 at 5:04 am

      Thanks, glad you like them.

      Re camera, any will do as long as you’re content using it. The lighting is far more relevant than the gear (above a given technical capability).

  3. Jacques Willems said, on 23/10/2022 at 4:55 pm

    Sublime pictures!
    Wonderful to see the living together from the springtails and the frog.
    I knew that springtails could be a snack for the frog, but here it seems they find something on the frog’s skin.

    • Mark said, on 23/10/2022 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks Jacques.

      A snack within licking distance.

  4. picpholio said, on 23/10/2022 at 4:21 pm

    You are a realy lucky guy with frogs like these in your own garden :-)
    Awesome shots you made, great macro photography Mark !

    • Mark said, on 23/10/2022 at 5:21 pm

      Lucky, in a way. But no matter the garden, it can be made more or less welcoming to the small creatures.

      Thanks Rudi.

  5. Laura said, on 23/10/2022 at 11:55 am

    So beautiful, Mark! Thanks for ‘capturing’ it! :)

    • Mark said, on 23/10/2022 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks Laura. These magical frogs travel the land capturing humans. :-)

  6. Gabriel... said, on 23/10/2022 at 10:25 am

    …very well done, you have an incredible talent / skill for macro-photography. What kind of setup are you using to get these?

  7. KDKH said, on 23/10/2022 at 9:16 am

    Very sweet. I love the interaction between the two of you!

  8. kopfundgestalt said, on 23/10/2022 at 7:59 am

    they know we’re not a threat
    I’m not certain.
    Besides this: Beautiful pics!


    • Mark said, on 23/10/2022 at 8:06 am

      I have no doubt. What we are (feeling inside, or identified with) is radiated out to the world around us and picked up by any watchers. All transceiving the vibe, of what is dominant.

      Besides that: Thanks. :-)

      • kopfundgestalt said, on 23/10/2022 at 8:14 am

        Do I understand you correctly: The frog senses. that thou hast no evil in mind?

        • kopfundgestalt said, on 23/10/2022 at 8:22 am

          Today I took 1500 photos, mainly at ivy.The insects do not flee when I approach the camera carefully. Otherwise, they react at a distance of one meter.

          • Mark said, on 23/10/2022 at 8:26 am

            It often depends on how you approach, doesn’t it. And sometimes it doesn’t matter how calm and simple you are, they see the shadow or smell the difference, or hear a strange sound – all triggers to some.

            • kopfundgestalt said, on 23/10/2022 at 8:31 am

              Yes I know this.
              Often I can come VERY Very CLOSE, otherwise i would have no chance to get decent pictures.

            • Mark said, on 23/10/2022 at 8:32 am

              Indeed …

            • kopfundgestalt said, on 23/10/2022 at 8:35 am

              Some blogger friends tell me: They (the insects) already know you ;-)

            • Mark said, on 23/10/2022 at 8:46 am

              I’d say they don’t know you until they meet you.

              So if you’re on your best behaviour when you meet them, they will know you at your best. :-)

            • kopfundgestalt said, on 23/10/2022 at 8:48 am

              I certainly do my best, unconcsiously. I’m adapted to my “friends”.

            • Mark said, on 23/10/2022 at 8:49 am

              I don’t doubt it. You’ve been doing it for years.

        • Mark said, on 23/10/2022 at 8:24 am

          Yes, why not? Do you think frogs don’t know a threat when they see one? Animals demonstrate this capacity at every turn.

          The trouble for frogs, and many other creatures, is the instinct is often to go still to avoid predators – sight/movement (and sound) – contrast, being the dominant sense/s of many. Obviously this doesn’t always work with us very clever humans.

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