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Kermit the Frog lamented that it’s not easy being green in the song “Bein’ Green,” but other frogs likely won’t agree with that sentiment.

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Green is the perfect color for frogs hiding in an algae-covered pond or in vegetation around lakes and ponds. It’s nature’s camouflage, protecting frogs from a variety of predators.

The photo in the banner above is of a frog I found hiding in the algae in the wetlands area of Slate Run Metro Park south of Columbus, Ohio. It was one of many frogs in that pond. The others submerged when I approached but this one was comfortable with his camouflage and stayed on the surface.

To get this shot I got on the ground beside the pond to place the camera near eye-level with the frog. I was using a super-telephoto lens (I was there to photograph birds, not frogs). The long lens compresses the foreground and background, helping to enhance the “sea of green” effect around the frog.

But first I checked the area for northern water snakes, the large, very aggressive (but non poisonous) snakes I’ve seen in that area. You don’t want to mess with a northern water snake. They bite repeatedly if threatened and their saliva contains an anticoagulant, so the victim bleeds like crazy.


       About the photographer


I’m a photo hobbyist who lives in Hilliard, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. I typically spend several mornings each week in the woods of local parks, photographing birds and other wildlife. I also enjoy shooting sporting events and photographing different cities when I travel around the country.

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I began doing photography in the pre-digital, pre-autofocus, pre-Internet 1970s. I had a color darkroom in the basement of our house in our hometown, Ashland, Ky., and on occasion would shoot for the newspaper where I worked first as a sports writer, then as city editor. But I put the camera away in the 1980s after burning out from too many of those "hey can you" photo jobs – “hey can you shoot my son's Little League team," or "hey can you shoot my daughter's wedding." I reached the point where I dreaded picking up the camera.

After taking a vacation from photography for more than 20 years, I was using my daughter’s point-and-shoot digital camera to get some photos of her first college tennis match in fall 2004 (she played four years at the University of Akron) and realized how much I missed photography. After doing the “Nikon or Canon” research, I bought a Canon digital SLR, started adding lenses – that’s my Canon 600 f/4L, the lens I use for wildlife and some sports photography, in the photo above – and have been shooting ever since.