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Fun with Frogs

  • Palmyra Cove Nature Park 1335 Route 73 South Palmyra, NJ 08065 USA (map)

$100/person

$25 DEPOSIT TO RESERVE SPOT

  • Length: 2 hours

  • Medium Difficulty: Laying prone in one spot for a long time, easy minimal hike, muddy conditions.

Join me to spend a morning photographing these interesting and silly critters in and around a pond at Palmyra Cove Nature Park.  There is one particular pond aptly named "Bullfrog Pond" that contains hundreds of frogs of all sizes and a few species as well.  With some patience we will get a chance to photograph them surfacing in the water as well as crawling around on the shoreline.

I've spend the past couple of years laying in the mud along the bank of this small pond watching and photographing the variety of frogs found there.  In some years the pond has a clear surface which reflects all the green foliage surrounding the pond and other years the pond is covered in duck weed which gives an entirely different look.  We will be concentrating on frogs but I've photographed turtles, Herons and deer along the edge of this pond while looking for frogs so some varied wildlife may show up.

WHAT TO EXPECT: 

  • We will be laying in the mud so be sure to wear something you don't mind getting wet and dirty, I suggest at least waterproof pants and a long-sleeve shirt unless you don't mind very strange aquatic insects and invertebrates crawling on your skin.

  • We will be trying to stay motionless to let the frogs surface nearby so it can get a little boring as you wait.

  • There are often turtles that surface nearby as well. Dragonflies often fly around and some birds have shown up in the pond.

PREPARATION: 

  • Lenses from 300mm to 600mm recommended

  • A ground pod for heavy lenses or hand holding can be great for a setup you can handle

  • A right angle viewfinder attachment can help to save your neck

  • Some biting insects are around so insect repellent is helpful

WHAT I WILL PROVIDE: 

  • 2 hours of wildlife photography instruction specifically for these small songbirds in the marsh.

  • Suggestions on compositions and creative ways to photograph the frogs.

  • I will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding camera settings or techniques.

Later Event: August 31
Fall Shorebirds Workshop