Viewers are advised to use discretion…

I have a natural affinity for things ‘gross, yucky, icky, creepy and crawly. As a kid I chased frogs, snakes and toads. I have always disliked spiders but have found them to be fascinating subjects for photographs, as long as you don’t lose track of them!

So this post is about the slimy, slithery and generally loathed by many. If you are ready, here we go.

Snails are fascinating as their shells and their ‘bodies’ (so much for technical jargon) have so many colours and patterns. This snail I found in a tree in our yard after a rain fall.

image

I have always loved garter snakes. Okay, I’m a little weird for a girl! I have been able to photograph two snakes in their natural habitat and learned something new in the process.

This first one survived an excursion across a side road on a sunny hot day…

imageimage

Love that grin!

 

image

 

This one I found on a log in the marsh and learned that garter snakes can swim..And are difficult to photograph under water. Love its tongue!

image

 

This fly has the right idea for self preservation!
image

 

Now for something slightly different. This fellow is called a northern alligator lizard, and is as neat as they come. I found him one day while taking a break from photographing the osprey.

image

 

And of course, there are the frogs and toads around here. Found in gardens and ponds by chance. It is always amazing to hear the frogs singing in a pond. Then suddenly they go silent. Almost en masse. Then one will start, and another, and then the full chorus will start up.

 

image

I came upon this group on an old forestry road higher up on the side of a valley. It wasn’t the most relaxing drive. However, at the top, I came to a small stream cutting across the road. I slowed down to cross over it and suddenly realized it was alive with these tiny frogs. All migrating down along these streams. There were hundreds of them! Just try and go forward or reverse without crushing any of them! I succeeded and then stopped to photograph them. Very small.

image

We had a rain storm the other night and afterwards I went out to see the sky as it cleared. This is what I saw!

image

Advertisements


Categories: Frogs, garter snakes, lizards, northen alligator lizard, Photography, sky effects, snails, snakes, Storms

Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: