While out watering my flowers, I was surprised to find a tiny Pacific Tree Frog sitting on a cluster of Hydrangea flowers, warming up under the morning sunshine! This little frog was no larger than my pinky nail. I normally see much larger frogs in my gardens, but I believe the absence of available insects has left these little frogs much smaller than normal this year. I don’t use pesticides in my yard, but in the past few years have noticed a great decline in over all insects in my yard. I have to wonder if the spraying of pesticides by the municipality to control Mosquitos in our area is killing more than just the Mosquitos!
The Pacific Tree Frog is a little frog that measures from 3-5 centimeters (1.2-2 inches) in length, with the males usually measuring smaller than the females. They can be found along the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada, as well as in the US from Washington,Oregon and all the way down to Northern California.
One of the most interesting features of these frogs is their ability to change color from brown to green. They can also change from lighter to darker, shift from patterned markings to pure colors and vice versa, and even display combinations of colors, green/brown being the most frequent.
Taken on July 19/11 at 10:30am on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera, Canon 40D
Lens, Tamron 90 mm macro 1:1 f/2.8 lens, plus 1.4 X’s teleconverter attached, which = 126 mm
tripod, Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead.
Taken at, 1/320’s at f/10, 126 mm, man wht bal, iso 500. Histogram adjustment, sharpened via lab mode, unsharpmask ( amount 30, radius 5, threshold 3). No cropping.