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A bath of lenses...

A bath of lenses...
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-14
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! I, F r o g s [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-14 7:56
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Here is a picture of a Green frog (Rana clamitans) took in a little village called East Angus in Quebec...

The frog was amongst all those little lenses thinking she was very well hidden.... She didn't consider my lynx's eyes ;-)



The Green Frog is a large, true frog with large, distinct tympanum and prominent dorsolateral ridges. It may be green, bronze or brown, or a combination but is typically green on the upper lip. The belly is white with darker lines or spots. There may be some irregular spotting on the back. It is distinguished from other frogs in that the dorsolateral ridges run only partway down the back and do not reach the groin. The hind legs have dark bars. Males have a bright yellow throat. Maximum adult size is 10 cm.


The call of the Green Frog is a deep twangy "gung" like a loose banjo string. It is similar to that of the Mink Frog, but more twangy and not repeated in rapid groups.
Confusing Species: Bullfrogs are superficially similar although they lack dorsolateral ridges and are much larger as adults. Mink Frogs may also be confused with Green Frogs although the former has a yellowish belly, a musky odour and eyes slightly upturned. Mink Frogs also do not have bars on the hind legs.
Distribution: The Green Frog is native to Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. It has been introduced to Newfoundland and British Columbia. It is widely distributed in the eastern half of the United States.


Green Frogs are most commonly found in or near shallow, permanent water such as springs, swamps, brooks and pond and lake edges.
Found in: British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec


Green Frogs begin calling in late spring to mid-summer and may breed as late as August. Three or four small clutches of eggs are draped over submerged vegetation in permanent water. Tadpoles overwinter in water before transforming the following summer. Because of the extended breeding season and long larval period, tadpoles of various sizes and newly transformed frogs can be found during most of the spring and summer.

Natural History:

Green Frogs are quite aquatic although they may be seen basking on the shores of ponds, lakes and creeks. They eat a wide variety of insects and other invertebrates. Green Frogs hibernate under water.
Conservation Concerns: This species is widespread and apparently stable although it is rare in Manitoba. Green Frogs are introduced to British Columbia and Newfoundland.

markop, ralfsworld, Alex99, horia, dew77, ferranjlloret, JoseMiguel, Evelynn, saguzar, JPlumb, jmp, RAP, peter_stoeckl, nainnain, eruyanik, cedryk, deblink, Miss_Piggy, Ingrid1 has marked this note useful
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To RAP: Hello Ricardopilonm 2 12-15 13:09
To marcin: I don't understand...pilonm 1 12-14 16:57
To ferranjlloret: Muchas Gracias, Ferranpilonm 1 12-14 12:27
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Hello Michel.

Excellent picture. very good details an colors.
Great composition.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-14 8:46]

Hi Michel
Nice shot and composition. Good colours, sharpnes, details, light, DOF and POV.
Well done


Hi Michel,
This is a wonderful capture! I love the composition and the frog's head really stands out amidst all this green. Excellent focus and PoV, you've managed to capture the patterns of the eye that always amaze me :-)
Thanks for all the info, too, in your detailed note!

Hi Michel,
this is a great composition and POV. The green tones are very nice and the frog standout well.
The sharpness and exposure are spot on. It goes in to my fav's
Very well done.

Really coll shot Michel!
Colours and details are really nice both on BG and on the froggy :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-14 10:43]

Hi Michel.
What a perfect macro shot with crisp sharpness and outstanding details. Great POV, amazing captured moment, colours and lighting. Excellent cropping and framing. My congratulates and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-14 10:53]

Hello Michel,
Lovely presentation of this frog popping out of the duckweed carpet. The composition is perfect and the shrpness and lighting make this a first class shot.
Well done!
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-14 11:41]

Hello Michel,
Excellent capture.Well seen and composed.I liked POV,colors,clear details and framing a lot.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-12-14 11:44]

Hi Michel,
Beautiful shot with excellent composition, fine detail and very good colour rendition. A similar shot was voted best shot in a reknowned English photo mag. a few months back.

Hi Michel,
Excellent shot, interesting and original composition. No solo es importante la imágen de la rana si no también las plantas acuáticas (Lemna sp.)
Salutacions cordials

bonjour michel
tout simplement genial,j'adore de cliché.
un peu comme si elle jouait a cache cache.
jolies couleurs.

Hello Michel,
Very interesting this photo, with the "hidden" frog beeing inmortalized by you.
I like the POV and the composition used.
The frame works pretty well,

I like this photo Michel. It is an entertaining subject, nicely composed and technically well executed. Thanks for sharing with us.

Evelynn : )

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-14 15:13]

Love it! Very sharp, very well composed and excellent colors. The golden sparkles are amazing.


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2006-12-14 17:42]

Hi Michel, This is a great shot of the Green Frog. It is amazing how well he is camoflaged with the duckweed. The green on him almost matches the colour in the weed. You have composed this extremely well with excellent detail and colour. Excellent Lynx eye.

Thanks, John

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-14 17:46]

Hi Michel,
Excellent capture of this "hidden" frog. Wonderful colors and composition and lovely colors.
TFs, José M.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-15 3:44]

Hi Michel

What a great and interesting composition. Quite original. I actually like the title, too :)
The sharpness of the details is impecable and teh colors and contrast are excellent.
Also the POV and lighting are great, framing is nice and the presentation charming.
Very well done!
Bravo and TFS

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-15 6:05]

Excellente présentation,cette prise est superbe et originale.
Merci pour le partage.

jezeli to ma byc kamuflaz to nie jest najlepszy, ale fota bardzo dobra. Excellent capture. Nothing else, insignificant the rest

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-15 12:49]
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Dainty capture Michel with excellent point of view and great definition.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, colors, DOF, focus, sharpness, lighting, framing, notes.

I like it: frame.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

Very interesting post... thank you for sharing.
Regards... Ricardo

Hello Michel,
Simply beautiful... The composition, colours and details captured are superb.
Great job, I like a lot!

Salut Michel,
Encore moi! Il semble que j'ai manqué cette photo... Wow! Qu'elle belle capture et ton oeil de lynx a bien fait le travail. Les couleurs, les détails et cette prise de vue sont tout simplement excellents. Superbe composition aussi. Merci et bravo!

Hello Michel,
charming presentation, perfectly well focussed and captured.
Definitely not easy to discover, and even more difficult to approach. And excellent notes!
Thank you! Best regards,

Michel, this is a wonderful post! Great place you took him! These froggies look wonderful and funny between that green little leaves (or something i don't know). You have lynx spider's eyesight and great talent on photography for sure. pov, framing, colours, moment you captured all are wonderful!
All the best for you and your family in 2007!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-01 15:04]

Hello Michel,
Lovely shot! Excellent composition, POV and details. Nice to see these large golden eyes looking around. Very nice framing too.
Best greetings,

Wow Michel,
You were in the right place at the right time to capture this image. I love frogs and even though this is a small part of one I think it is just superb. The green water plant makes for a wonderful frame. Wow I am impressed and you are talented.

Salut Michel!

I found your frog staring at me here

Some lil shyte who calls himself Musty has stolen oodles of photos from us < members at TrekNature >

Thought you would wanna know! I recognozed your shot!

PS I have added it to my list !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!!

Hallo Michel
Please bear with me, going back to one of your older postings. Some of your photos is just more of a temptation than others and so be the case with this "A bath of lenses" I just love this one when I saw it. Absolute stunning colours. The greens are really green, and it looks as if somebody dropped some gold powder in the pond. I just love the big green eyes and the copper colour of the frog. This is indeed a beautiful portrait. First-class close up. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Dear Michel,
I am glad you discovered this 'green' frog '. He obviously used props to justify his name :-)
I am adding your work ( thanks for the detailed notes) to my theme "F r o g s".
I like the sharp details and the natural colors.
Thanks and warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa,

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