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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wood frog

This is a wood frog found at a friend's house.  I never knew it, but wood frogs don't breed in permanent ponds - they breed in ephemeral pools; pools that are present in the wet season, then dry up.  No permanent water, no fish to eat the baby tadpoles!  They are also filled with anti-freeze so they can survive the winter in the leaf litter in the forest.  As soon as they defrost, the temporary pools are filling up and off they go to do their thing.

This particular specimen was an overnight guest, and went back where he was found.  They make the coolest sounds - almost birdlike! 

F Number5.6
Lens IDLUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm F3.5-5.6
Focal Length45.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 90.0 mm)
Exposure Time1/30
Exposure ProgramProgram AE
Exposure Compensation0
FlashOn, Red-eye reduction

The odd shadow is me deflecting some of the on-camera flash away from the frog. I think it turned out OK despite that.

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