I have a number of frog photos in my files, most of them captured in the wetlands at Slate Run Metro Park south of Columbus, Ohio.
Slate Run, near Canal Winchester, Ohio, is typical of many of the Franklin County Metro Parks in most ways. It has woods. It has trails. It has hills. And it has recreation areas.
But if you ignore the main entrance to the park and take local roads around the perimeter to the west side you’ll find an entrance to the Slate Runs Wetlands Wildlife Refuge and trails through marshes and between ponds. And, if you’re lucky, you will see a variety of wading birds and waterfowl.
I can usually hear the frogs diving beneath the water as I approach a wet area looking for waterfowl. There’s a croak, then a splash.
But a frog will occasionally remain on the surface, allowing me to get a photo.
I often wonder if the frog is aware of how it blends in with its surroundings. I have several photos like this one where the frog’s presence is camouflaged by similarly colored items on the surface of the water.
Kermit the Frog sang “it’s not easy being green” on Sesame Street and the Muppet Show, but maybe green is the best color to be if you are a frog hiding among green leaves or algae.
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.
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.