A Chorus of One

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A Chorus of One

The best things happen in your periphery. It’s the reason I had the astigmatism correction removed from my glasses. The contrast between my sharp, corrected vision — and the blur in my periphery made me chronically queasy.

That’s a lousy lede — and I’m too tired to come up with a better one. But workable peripheral vision is relevant to these photos.

I went to the pool to look for California Newts who migrate to UC Berkeley Botanical Garden for one big newt bash every spring. I was kicking myself for not bringing a polarizing filter . . . and then remembered that even if I’d brought the polarizer, it would have been for the wrong lens. So, just like I am when I’m wearing my glasses, I was squinting through the viewfinder, finding ways to cut through the surface glare of the Japanese Pool.

That’s when, in my periphery, I saw the anomalous shape. If you spend enough time actively looking for animals in their natural camo, a new shape, shadow, or shake in the greenery easily grabs the attention.

In this case, it was a frog. And not just a frog, but a frog perfectly placed in a teardrop of water — within another teardrop of a lily leaf. I loved the way the frog’s habitat framed her protectively and aesthetically.

This is a Pacific Chorus Frog, and even though amphibians are not my strong suit, this frog has the characteristic eye-to-jaw black striping. I’m much better with birds but, admittedly, I once shot an image of a Long-billed Curlew that ended up on Wikipedia an instant after I uploaded it. It was misidentified in a global database as a Whimbrel, before I could correct the ID.



By | 2017-08-27T22:06:08+00:00 July 16th, 2010|Amphibians and Reptiles, Blog, SF Bay Area|4 Comments


  1. Dan Kent July 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Wow – a frog in a teardrop. Love the photo.

  2. ingrid July 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you very much, Dan. And thanks for coming by. The frog in the teardrop is one of those made-for-the-frame opportunities.

  3. Tovar July 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Gorgeous images. Your work is always a treat to see, Ingrid.

  4. ingrid July 28, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Thank you, Tovar. Well, the easy thing about photographing wildlife is that they are inherently beautiful subjects, in all of their colors, textures and behaviors. I’m just a conduit.

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