Wednesday, August 09, 2006

A SMILE FOR WEDNESDAYS -- Happy Kid/Happy Frog


33 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Cool enough this morning that I’ve got the windows open – mid 70’s. Running this morning, although never pleasurable, was tolerable. Looks like we’ve made it through the worst part of summer’s heat. First frost is still about three months away, but I’m already spotting some red leaves on a few trees around the yard.

My kid and the love she shows toward critters of any size or shape warms my heart. This is a photo of her and one of her frogs. The particular one loves to ride around on her fingertips.

Saturday night we were out looking for crickets and grasshoppers to feed her toads and frogs. Daddy, kid, and I caught over a dozen and put them in a Cool Whip container. I told my daughter to put the container in the freezer for five minutes to slow the hoppers down to a walk. This way, they wouldn’t jump all over the bedroom when she took the lid off the container to feed the frogs, something she was very fearful of happening. I set the timer I had on me and sent her off. Said kid goes into the house. I turn my van around to make it easier to pull out Sunday morning, as I was planning to leave at 4:45a.m. to go out on a shoot. Then I come in, take off the footwear, sit down, open up the envelope from LensWork, open up the envelope in the envelope from LensWork. I flip through the magazine, read a little of the back of the magazine. (I always start at the back for the first glance through a new mag.) The timer goes off. “OK, Mom, you can get the grasshoppers.” So I get the container, walk to the bedroom, and all the while something doesn’t seem right. As I dump the container into the aquarium, over a dozen lifeless grasshoppers plop out in a disgusting heap. Suddenly Mom realizes that there was no way only five minutes had gone by since I turned the container and timer over to the kid. Oh she denied up, down and sideways (and still does) that anything went wrong. I insisted that I couldn’t have done all I did in only five minutes. It took me that long just to turn the van around. “Yes, Mom.” I again stress that the only time five minutes drags out that long is when I’m sitting in the dentist’s chair.

The toads won’t eat dead bugs. We watch, we wait, finally one of the legs moves on a grasshopper and he is eaten in a flash. Slowly, they start to warm up and are eaten. Only one small toad won’t join in the feast…so now I find myself out, in the dark, with the flood lights on looking for grasshoppers. They sleep at night. I caught five and everyone ended up eating well. I fed a lot of mosquitoes well that night, too. The largest toad ate almost half of our catch. He’s a big fellow, he is.

Frog Taking a Ride
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Portra VC ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/350
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Kid and Frog
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Portra VC ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/10 +1 EV
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For… Teaching me the joys of midnight snacking!

9:00 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

I love them as a pair Micki....great dialogue as well...made me smile in the middle of a rather tedious day. Phil

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Craig Wilson said...

Great detail, I love the colours in these.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I love these little guys and the stories that go with them.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Great one Micki. Frogs are great.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Wow, such cute images! I love the smile on your daughter's face!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Really nice shots. I particularly like the second one.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I like both of these shots but the bug hunting story kinda grosses me out a bit.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Bug hunting, have you tried hanging a white sheet and a lamp at night to attract the bugs and moths. I also admire your early morning rise to go shooting.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Great story to accompany these shot...frogs are the coolest.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Nice to put up 2 shots, both of the pictures are amazing and so is the whole story!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Alfred said...

I love a good frog in the morning!

Some very nice photographs on your blog, Micki! I noticed that you frame your photographs in a cool way, you`re definetly not afraid of tilting the camera. That makes studying your photographs much more interesting.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Wonderful photos and write-up all full of human interest . . and critter interest, too. Your postings are not to be missed.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

i like dof on the 2nd shot:-))) also nice composition...this flog know how to pose...he/she is professional model here:-P

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, great stories and photos! You guys are dedicated to hunting and gathering. :-)

2:46 PM  
Anonymous deji77 said...

Love the 2nd shot. Wicked!

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Eeeeeck creepy crawler. Sub y run.

Suby

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

A very kind frog! Pehaps a charming Prince...:-)

3:43 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Your Wednesday theme has never failed to deliver :-)

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Hi Micki, I'm back .
Thanks for your last comments you posted on my blog. They touched me very much.
I love your little frog here.
I'll begin again posting on september.
I'm happy to "see" you again.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous MikesRightBrain said...

Micki my kids would love this; will be showing to them. Sounds like an active outdoor life you have! I didn't know frogs were this tiny. Great dof here.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

my 5 year old would love your forever, if you gave him a toad like that!

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, I love toads too!
Neat story, and cool photo!
Astrobeck

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Love the frogs! Such great detail caputred.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Nice post! Love the second shot...

11:57 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Great story Micki and good photos of tiny frog and kid.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

I love these! Cute critter, and the DOF in the second pic is very nice. Well done, Micki.

3:12 AM  
Anonymous mar00ned said...

Nice

5:44 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Nice shots ! Both are good !

5:48 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Very nice, love both.

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Emré said...

it's impossible not to love, such a beautiful critter. Thanks for the finger close-up, it's good to see it close. I especially like the second one, since the smile on her face is there, and the focus is on the frog, it's a very sweet composition.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Emré said...

it's impossible not to love, such a beautiful critter. Thanks for the finger close-up, it's good to see it close. I especially like the second one, since the smile on her face is there, and the focus is on the frog, it's a very sweet composition.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

i like the second shot...nice...

7:32 PM  

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