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Old Feb 8, 2012, 6:13 PM   #1
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Default A new (to me) frog

Have enjoyed watching (and hearing) the variety of frog species at the home park for years. In fact, we are already hearing some of the Chorus Frogs and Spring Peepers singing!

Recently had the opportunity to visit another Tennessee State Park in the central portion of our state. There's a common frog species here that we never see in extreme Northeast Tennessee. And one was out hopping along the trail! Judging from all the bits of leaves stuck to him, I would guess that this Southern Leopard Frog has just emerged from his winter hibernaculum.
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Old Feb 8, 2012, 6:15 PM   #2
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Here's a hand-held shot, to give you an idea of his size...
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Old Feb 8, 2012, 6:16 PM   #3
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A few "up close and personal" shots...
Aren't amphibian eyes amazing!!
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Old Feb 8, 2012, 6:19 PM   #4
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He posed long enough on this mossy oak trunk for a few quick shots, and then hopped on towards a nearby vernal pond.

It looks like an early spring here in East Tennessee - hope your outdoor season is progressing well!

Thanks for any comments & critique!
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Great shots. those gold eyes are amazing. You really got some fantastic details on him.
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Old Feb 9, 2012, 12:06 AM   #6
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I agree, fantastic shots and the close ups are especially nice. Thanks for posting them.

Cheers
BTW, we need more rain and are desperate for more snow here in California.
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Old Feb 10, 2012, 3:43 AM   #7
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Oh how cute! I love frogs and these are wonderful shots!
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Those are some sharp shots, thanks for the share and narrative.
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What great shots and details!! It's been warm here in GA and a few things are starting to bloom but tomorrow morning it's going down to 21 degrees. Just in time to freeze the budding plants!!
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 9:34 PM   #10
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Mugmar - Thanks so much! Most of these were taken with a Pentax 35mm macro. Lens has to get VERY CLOSE for 1:1, but it's very sharp and accurate for capturing details. Usually these frogs are much too skittish to allow such close approach, but he was quite cold and hence rather sluggish.

Smac - So glad you enjoyed these. We are getting plenty of rain, but not much cold. Did get some snow up on the mountains today, and expecting (finally) temps tonight down into the teens. Sure do hope & pray the moisture moves your way soon!

Saly - Thanks for your kind words!

Loren - Glad you enjoyed the frog and the descriptions.

Clint - Sounds like your weather is close to ours. Let's hope there's not too much bud damage with the sudden, delayed arrival of winter!
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