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So how do you photograph a frog? I have no idea but I’ll tell you something. Don’t bring kids who are running low on patience with you when you want to photograph animals that don’t care about you taking their pictures. My only tip is to find a pond with a lot of frogs in it. Eventually one or two will come out of the water long enough for you to snap a few photos. I believe all of the frogs featured in this post are American bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana).

And be ready for most frogs to come out of the water just this much. Apparently they think it’s good enough.

Frog hiding under lily pads

Frog hiding under lily pads

If you’re lucky, the frog will completely come out of the water, but you still may end up with a camera shy frog. Or maybe it really doesn’t want you to take its picture.

Camera shy frog

Camera shy frog

Alright, not all frogs are that rude. These two little frogs didn’t have any problem with me standing there, as long as I kept my distance. Honestly I didn’t really have a choice since they were standing in the middle of the pond.

Small American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) on a lily pad

Small American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) on a lily pad

Small frog laying down on a lily pad

Small frog laying down on a lily pad

These next two frogs actually demonstrated their swimming skills for me.

Green frog in the water

Green frog in the water

Frog swimming in the water and weeds

Frog swimming in the water and weeds

This last frog happens to be the biggest one I saw in the pond. It was so big, I would have had to use both hands to grab it. I think it was the same frog in the first picture that eventually came out of underneath those lily pads.

Very large frog in the pond

Very large frog in the pond

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About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

10 responses »

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Your patience was rewarded. The pics are great! You even managed to make the frogs look cute which is impressive since I put all creatures without fur in the non-cute column. 😉

  2. The frog on the lily pad is so impressive. Beautiful shots! I have seen brown frogs that come out in the night on our sidewalks when we go for a walk.

    • mpejovic says:

      Thank you! It’s so dry and hot here, the frogs like to stay as close as they can to the water. I did see frogs out of the water on the East Coast before, and in France when I grew up.

  3. restlessjo says:

    Great shots! I especially like the ‘rude’ one with his back turned. 🙂

  4. Tina Schell says:

    Nicely done Milka. How nice of them to pose on the beautiful lily pads!!!

  5. soonie2 says:

    Your patience certainly paid off, these are all such sweet captures. Beautiful color and light!

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