nature, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife, Wyoming

Floating Hubcap

This is how I spent my morning…crawling along an irrigation ditch, camera in hand, trying to stalk a massive snapping turtle.

I spent an hour this morning watching this snapping turtle cruise down our irrigation ditch. It was amazing to see how he’d drift along, then raise his tail to use as a rudder. We see this turtle each spring. I’m guessing he’s pretty old because he is absolutely massive. His entire carapace is probably bigger than a foot and a half across. He lifted his head out of the water once, briefly, before submerging completely and I lost sight of him.

Turtles, frogs and other things that creep and crawl might not be as majestic as a grizzly bear or regal as the wolf, but they are still fascinating creatures. I for one am glad that our state is filled with the good, the bad and the ugly. Makes life more interesting, don’t you think?

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nature, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife

Slider the Magic Frog

Northern Leopard Frog

Yesterday afternoon, Outdoor Guy called Wyokiddo and me away from our paper shredding chores.  He’d found a tiny little Northern Leopard frog and wanted us to see it.  Wyokiddo and I spent some time observing the beautiful frog.  She decided Slider would be a good name for this little guy, who in reality is smaller than a half dollar.  Me being me, I immediately reached for my camera and had a tiny amphibian photo shoot.

I’ve been down in the dumps lately.  Allergies, a sick old dog, politics, all of it was just starting to get to me.  Then my prince introduced me to the magic frog.  Thirty minutes of photographing this tiny little guy was all it took to shake off the dumps.  I found my smile and I didn’t even have to kiss his slimy nose.


photography, wildlife

Northern Leopard Frog

Northern Leopard Frog 2Northern Leopard Frogs were once the most abundant and widespread frog species in North America.  They were collected for dissection (10th grade biology, anyone?) and for the food industry.  But the species has seen some massive declines since the 1970s.  You wouldn’t guess that looking in my yard – if you look close, you’ll see two dozen hopping around at any given time.  I enjoyed science class, but it’s a lot more fun to see these guys alive!