Canadian in Candia

July 9, 2009

Frog Catcher

Filed under: Wildlife — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 7:20 am

A couple weekends ago, in the middle of all the rain we went for a walk in Pawtuckaway State Park. The backwoods of Pawtuckaway have trails that go around several swamps.

I spotted several frogs and because I didn’t have a zoom lens I was having a hard time taking pictures of them.  I found this guy on a rock and started snapping away.
Frog Story

My husband looks at me with a strange look in his eyes, “do you want him”.
“What?”
“Do you want the frog, I’ll catch him for you. I can do it.”
The excitement in his face, the emphasis on the word catch. I could see he was reliving his childhood in rural New Hampshire. So I said, “sure, then I can get a good pictures of the frog”

Frog Story
As he got going I could tell there was some ingrained technique involved in catching a frog.

Frog Story
I mean, look at the concentration. The cat like moves.

Frog Story
Then he went for the grab… and the miss.

Well not quite a miss, but the frog slipped right through his fingers. He seemed to think that when he was a kid, he just grabbed on as hard as he had to. Now that he’s a more aware adult he’s afraid of hurting the little guys. So growing older has hindered his mad frog catching skills.

Later in the walk Cooper was standing on the shore when I realized he was standing right next to a frog. He was so close I’m surprised he wasn’t standing on it. So I carefully approached it and it let me get some pictures.

Frog StoryAnd closer
Frog Story

Heck I think the lens was only a couple inches away from this one.
Frog Story

“I’ll catch him honey!”

Frog story“Drat, I swear I used to catch them by the bucketful when I was a kid”

I’m sure you did, and I’m sure your mom appreciated it.

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3 Comments »

  1. Good picture of the frog. I love it. Poor guy was just hanging out, but couldn’t get a minute of peace.

    Comment by Jessica — July 11, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

  2. P.S. what’s with your hubby’s new haircut? New summer do?

    Comment by Jessica — July 11, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

    • He’s running the Vermont 100 miler next weekend, so I guess he just wanted to have to cut his hair once. I guess he scared poor Ben when he went down into the basement with the start of a beard and a full head of hair and emerged looking like that. It’s hard for me to get used to too.

      Comment by Miriam — July 11, 2009 @ 11:23 pm


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