I bet most fellow nature photographers assumed – just like I did- tree frogs to be hugely enterprising, energetic and cheerful creatures.
Skilfully hopping from blackberry to blackberry, climbing in trees like professional circus artists, swinging on stalks, as if they were climbing frames and sliding along thick blades like skilled pole dancers.
So I started my little tree frog study.
I visited them in the morning and afternoon, on rainy and sunny days.
On windy, hot and cold days.
The result of my Big Tree Frog Research was just as surprising as shocking: During the largest part of the day,tree frogs do ….. absolutely NOTHING!
They sit…and sit and just sit a bit more.
Being cold blooded creatures, they save their energy and use the warmth of the sun to warm up.
When it’s too hot, they keep it cool to avoid overheating.
During all my visits, there was just one spontaneous moment.
After a few boring hours I noticed a little movement.
A slight vibration of the eye indicated there w ...
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I’ve got (at least) two so called weak spots:
One is a bizarre attraction towards all that shines.
I’m an easy victim for vendors selling way too expensive,
but beautifully twinkling fake bracelets and I easily spend
my last money on hideous kitsch junk in the Christmas section of Walmarts.
My kingdom for a little Blingbling.
My second weakness concerns all fluffy and / or plushy animals.
Baby Ducks,-kittens, monkeys and baby foxes … I just can’t help myself ….
While my fellow photographers are photographing the really cool things,
such as courting harriers, fighting god wits and barn swallows in flight, I’m studying…ducklings.
The main reason for my fascination with this new born baby animals is their naivety.
While adult animals learned to fear us human beings (and right they are!),
the youngsters still have this open minded and curious attitude.
At a certain point I had nine ducklings wiggling around me.
One exploring my lens and another one trying to eat my shirt.
Too clos ...
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