Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Hello, this is a bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana, smiling up at me from my "swimming pool" in Maine. She/he has her very own mosquito sitting in front of her that I think will be lunch (is it shocked into inaction or unaware?)
Thanks to all who played the guessing game. You were right-- there were 4 visible. Most of you figured that if I was asking the question then there must be a trick so, most said "I see four but there are probably more". Such a crafty lot you are. But, I really wanted to know if the pictures on the website are actually visible in the way we have sized them. Seems like everyone could see the details and count the 4 (visible) frogs.
The question is whether we should move away from thumbnails and offer bigger web pictures that will do them justice. However, the problem comes when you try to make navigation and selection easy. I haven't seen what I like yet. It is just one of those head scratchers that may never be answered.
This big wonderful frog makes me happy because our "pool" is not going to get its complete maintenance this year and thus will be given over to the wildlife. Most of the wild life is amphibian and they sing deeply and with enthusiasm each evening. They don't seem to mind my daytime visits with my camera at all. I spend a lot of time archiving Gay's photos and some of the photos are 20 or 30 years old. Thus, the animal or creature in most cases is long dead. But, in this case I have a pool filled with frogs, tadpoles, and eggs, and a camera to learn so I am going to get to know them awhile in real-time. I have even taken to giving them names.
In one of Gay's photography journals she admits that the frogs are one of her favorite animals to photograph. I agree but perhaps for different reasons. Right now I appreciate that they sit still a lot and although they are amphibian I find their faces seem expressive and interesting.
So, stay tuned to the updates from the frog pond in Yarmouth. Join the blog if you want the updates...its free, easy, & more reliable than me remembering to send it to you by email.
Next will be a love story of cardinals with an unveiling of new cardinal and winter birds with berries.
My health os still improving but it is slower than I would wish. Thanks to all the well-wishers.
ps here is the next photo taken after the one shown in previous blog-- those ol anti-social frogs just haven't read the books about amphibians I guess. I only see three here but we know there are more.