Unexpected Surprise

Yesterday was a very successful day in the field. While conducting another woodland wildflower, in-the-field workshop, I found a “life” wildflower … a few Jack-in-the-Pulpits, which I’ll share in an upcoming post. After the workshop ended, I decided to check out the nearby natural prairie for progress with wildflowers there. On my trek through the prairie, I have to hike through about 1/8 mile of woods. Along the way, I found a juvenile Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) along the trail. Fortunately, I had my macro lens on my camera, so I stopped for a few minutes and captured some images. Here are my favorites:

Eastern Gray Treefrog

Eastern Gray Treefrog

Eastern Gray Treefrog

Eastern Gray Treefrog

You might notice that the frog looks more brown, than gray, in these images. This species of treefrog can be gray, greenish-gray or brown. Another noted coloration of this treefrog is that they always have a large, white marking below each eye (visible in the above photos). Their call is a bird-like, musical trill. I have been hearing them in the woodlands, but this is my first-of-year sighting. Although the Eastern gray treefrog is a forest-dwelling species, they breed in late May and early June, in fishless, woodland ponds. The average size of these frogs is from 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches in length. You might also note the large, adhesive toe pads on their fingers and toes. I have these special creatures living in the woods around my rural home and often see them “stuck” to the windows or doors of my home in the summer. :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Graf Studioball ballhead
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/3.5 to f/8
  • Shutter 1/40 sec. to 1/400 sec.

 

 

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