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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1997-03
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon AE-1 Program, @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/11, 1/120 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-04-03 11:31
Viewed: 4117
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends,
Today I'd like to share with you a spring image from quite a distant past and from thousands kilometers away. Also, to my surprise it looks as this is the first presentation of this animal on TN. So, Ladies and Gentelmen, let me introduce to you:

Pseudacris crucifer
- spring peeper
Family: Hylidae - treefrogs and their allies
Order: Anura
Class: Amphibia

Spring peeper is a small frog (2-3 cm in length) native to eastern North America. Its range spreads from southeast Manitoba east to the Atlantic Ocean, and south to eastern Texas and mainland Florida. They live typically in marshy woodlands and non-wooded lowlands near ponds and swamps. Unlike many other treefrogs, they inhabit the bottom of the forest: leaf litter and wood debris. They are nocturnal species hunting for various small invertebrates.

They are typical chorus frogs, one of the first to announce the upcoming spring. Only males make sounds trying to attract the females. You may here their vocalisations here. Eggs (usually from 900 to 1000) are laid in small pond, often temporary that dry completely after the young frogs emerge after about 8 weeks of development.

Its name Pseudacris crucifer may be translated as "false cricket bearing cross". First part of the name is obviously derived from its loud voice, second from the pattern it has on its back. You may see it in the workshop - a picture of another individual, taken from different pov.

At first I was quite surprised that this quite common and loudly singing animal has not been pictured on TN before. Then I recalled that it wasn't easy to take these pictures. Spring peepers are active at night. So you must go to the forest at night and wirtually crawl on its bottom, because they sit just above the ground. Quite a task if you are aware of the rattlesnakes living in the area. Then you must spot a singing individual what is not easy when they sing in a choir. When you crawl you must be very quiet not to scare them. Otherwise they will stop singing. When you spot a singing male you have to make it comfortable with you so it will start singing again. Or you need to get it started some other way... One smart way is to tease it with a song of another male recorded earlier on a dictaphone. If you are happy, you will end with a couple of pictures with satisfying quality. And believe me, focusing with a manual camera in such conditions was quite a challenge :-)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my work...
Best greetings and Happy Easter!

This shot was taken on Kodachrome ED200 35 mm slide flim. The slide was scanned with Plustek OpticFilm 7200i scanner.

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hello Michal!
excellent macro of this small frog captured with great details
and perfect timing

Happy Easter to you and your family sERGIO

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-04-03 18:56]

Hello Michal,
Great shot of this Spring Pepper captured in it's natural habit. Excellent detail, DOF and perfect exposure in this super image..
I have many of these little guys in the woods beside my house, but have not gotten any photos of any as of yet. I figured I would have to go out at night and sit for quite a while, and from your notes I can definitely see this is the case.

hello Michal
super picture with very nice details and good sharpness
beautiful colours
nice to show us this song moment
greeting lou

Czesc Misiu
Fotka bardzo ladna a notka ciekawa. Widze ze sakner sie sprawdza. Na moim ekranie widac jednak jakies dziwne "wzorki" zwiazane z rozmyciem tla. Troche mnie to dziwi bo zwykle na moim ekranie tego typu efekty sa slabo widoczne.

  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-04-04 11:30]
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Czesc Michal!

Alez sie nadela :-) Wyobrazam juz sobie jaki dzwiek zaraz wyemituje. Bardzo ladnie zlapany moment i perfekcyjna jakosc. Zazdroszcze pobytu w Mississipi, jakos dobrze mi sie kojarzy ten rejon US. Co do uwagi Krzyska - u mnie na monitorze nie widac zadnych artefaktow, mam dosc ciemno ustawiony, a potem w pracy okazuje sie, ze moje zdjecia zawsze zbyt mocno rozjasniam. A, i jeszcze swietna notka!

great capture, TFS Ori

Preciosos trabajo Michal. A pesar de la escasa luz, sacaste un buen partido a esta para mostrarnos los detalles de esta curiosa y bella especie. Bien encudrada y en su hábitat natura. Muy buen trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hallo Michal
A great photo filled with a beautiful assortment of colours and detail. A wonderful composition with the exposure done beautifully. The colours in the image are complementing each other nicely. The catch-light caught in the eye of this spring peepergets a definite plus. The details are really super. A good close approach, presented in a lovely manner. Thanks for this contribution that is different than the usual we see daily. Kind regards

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