Sunday, August 18, 2013

Frog, on lilypad

A raft of Fragrant Water-lilies, Nymphaea odorata, blanket a quiet pond on the Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Area in Indiana. Not only is this aquatic plant quite showy, it supports a lot of animal life.

A Green Frog, Lithobates clamitans, regards your blogger with an inscrutable expression. Seconds before I made this photo, it snapped a bee from the air with its long rubberband of a tongue. By wading in, I was able to make a close approach, shoot some images, and leave without even making the amphibian leave his lilypad perch.

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Observers take a liking to lichen while hiking

From left, Shaun Pogacnik, Jim McCormac, and Tomas Curtis during a recent expedition at Conkles Hollow [Chelsea Gottfried] Observers ...