Frog Song

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Frogs

Spring time.

Flowers are starting to blossom (even though they're predicting snow next Thursday.)

Birds are starting to sing (even if I fail at getting good photographs of them.)

And, also, the frogs are getting busy with their mating season...

All around me, at pretty much all times, I can hear the spring peepers singing.

Listen to the spring peepers yourself!

Approach them, though, and they will scatter pretty much instantaneously.

Frogs are skittish, quick, and camouflaged well with their surroundings -- all qualities which make them difficult to photograph. Last year, I habitually circled a retention pond in an unfinished housing development, traipsing through weeds, and hearing the splashes of frogs around me as they jumped into the water. Never did I spot one pre-jump.

Never did I get a photograph.

Fortunately, the gods of wildlife photography smiled upon me, such that as I went for a hike in the Easternmost areas of French Creek State Park, I happened upon a puddle that was positively teeming with frog life. I stood there for quite a while, observing and photographing.

Frogs

Frogs

Frogs

Check out those sacs!
Check out those sacs!

Frogs



Frogs



Frogs

Frogs

In Jim Henson terms, these frogs were less Kermit and more Farscape.
In Jim Henson terms, these frogs were less Kermit and more Farscape.

Frogs

As John Lennon once almost wrote, "Happiness is a Warm Puddle."