Thursday, July 20, 2006

CRITTER DAY THURSDAYS -- The Beach of Doom and a Resident Frog


Blogger micki said...

Don’t want to talk about yesterday’s visits to the orthodontist and ophthalmologist’s, except to say that it’s a good things looks don’t kill, or my son and I wouldn’t be here today! :o)

OK, for this shot, I had taken the three youngest of my children over to the county on the east side of the peninsula to find the beach there that overlooks the Chesapeake Bay. I needed to scout out a place to watch the moon rise, as the next four full moons should be absolutely awesome! Found the beach, it is beautiful. It was blazin’ hot that day, and the skies were completely washed out, as you can see in the top photo. The image is looking southeast. This isn’t a beach like you might expect. I had to drive down a couple of miles of one lane roads that winded through the woods. Last October we made the trek at sundown, and let me tell you…it was quite frightening. No lights, tall Virginia trees and high grasses. We nicknamed the beach, the “Beach of Doom,” as by time we arrived, we could see nothing. Got it all scoped out this time, though. I’m ready for September’s moonrise there.

Anyway, as we turned around to head back to pick up daughters #1 and #2 from their music lessons, we saw this huge frog cooling himself in the water on the side of the road that had accumulated from the massive amounts of rain we’d received the days prior to this. I backed up and stayed in the van to take the shot I’ve posted here. I used my 300mm. After that, I was going to get out of the van and see if I could get closer with the 105mm. Right as I was making my approach to the frog with the macro lens, another car comes heading our way, down the 1 ½ car wide point of this road. I tried desperately to get in my van in time to move it aside, but this car came right through where the frog had been. Turns out they had seen him a few moments early and had come back looking for him. So, this is the only shot I got of this gorgeous green frog. Ribbit!

Hot and Hazy View Looking South East
Camera - Minolta Maxxum 9000
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/15
Aperture Setting - f-22 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens at 90mm
Polarizing Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 9000
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/90
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens at 300mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer and cropped

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For…. Knowing where the line of step father ends and not crossing it when I was being a bratty teen. That must have been most difficult.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

I love the frog Micki. I want to get out and find some wildlife to shot. I have not done it. I have not done much of anything lately. I need to get out of my house :)

10:28 AM  
Blogger Don said...

and an attractive critter it is! I'm looking forward to seeing the moonrise too. Nice work.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

Oh this is National Geographics magazine worthy

12:12 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

it may be the only shot you got of the frog but it was a lovely one!

12:40 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

i love the frog shot! It's so sharp and vivid. :)

12:50 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

That’s a smart frog shot at 1/90th running 300mm, Micki. Great detail and color and I like we can see his legs under the water.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

I really like the frog shot...too bad about the car.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Nice photo of the frog, very crisp and good colors.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

That frog has the right idea.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous tore said...

"Beach of Doom". Yeah, I saw the movie. "Huge Frog of Doom" I would like to see.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

the frog looks amazing in the water...i love the details of the frog that you see in the water...the legs, etc...and the colors are great !

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, if I only got one shot, that's the one that I'd want! Beautiful. I took some photos of some froggies at the zoo today. They'll be on my blog tomorrow.


5:41 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Ooooooh, this is just beautiful. I love how you exposed the entire scene, and look at the water... there are no circles... he must have been lurking there for quite some time. And yeah, I can't wait to see your moonrise pictures. ;-)

7:01 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

That's a beach??? I doesn't look like any beach I've ever seen! LOL. Yep, the frog has won the day. Fantastic photo Micki. I really like the way the water colour helps highlight the colour of the frog. I also like the way you can see his legs under the water. And it's not a toad! :-)

7:22 PM  
Anonymous laurie said...

Love the frog! I always hear them at the pond near my house, but they always elude my lens.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Awesome shot of the frog...they are the coolest creatures....speaking of cool...did you stick this dude in the fridge for future modelling? LOL!

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Micki, how many babinos do you have, duaghters 1 & 2, son to the otho... Okay how many mopre you hiding from us? :)

I partuculartly like the shot of the frog, just seemt to make me feel I was looking at a national geographic mag or poster. All that remains to make this an advert for the channel is to have the channel number scrolled across the screen :)

Pray tell, what happened at the ortho? Suby is just recovering from his own visit, tooth pull and subsequenbt infection and now due an implant shortly (and the ortho was my loving sister)


5:04 AM  
Anonymous MikesRightBrain said...

That frog pic is awesome, Micki!!! you always get the greatest saturation on your shots.

5:46 AM  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

what a cute frog! well captured in the water..cheers :)

7:04 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

the green frog is my favorite...i can see through the water...amazing detail:-))

7:01 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Like the frog shot !

4:24 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

LOve the narrative Micki and they work great as a pair although individually I like the frog more. Nice work. Computer is resolving it's self slowly....I am calm! Phil

7:26 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Put that frog image right in your Top 20 :-) Excellent rendering of all subject matter both above and below the water's surface. Really looking forward to your moonrise shots - the Beach of Doom looks like a perfect setting for the event!

7:40 AM  

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