The Joint Was Jumpin'
Either a green frog, (Lithobates clamitans, formerly Rana clamitans) or a bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus), probably female judging from the relative sizes of eye and tympanum. The apparent absence of ridges along the back argues for an ID of bullfrog. This one was petite, around two inches in length.
There were dozens of frogs I startled into jumping from the shore to the pond or from lily pad to water as I walked the perimeter of the pond. I managed to catch sight of just one before it jumped. You can see from the shadows of the tiny aquatic plants that the part of the lily pad bearing the frog is slightly submerged.
DP273-2014 Posted September 30; processed ditto from a shot taken September 29
Although the bulk of my photographic efforts these days is going into capturing the glories of fall foliage and the process of the change of seasons, I like to provide some variety in my DailyPhotos posts. Since I almost never get clear shots of frogs, I decided to go with one of this cutie. I love how she's decked out in the confetti-like plant stuff herself. If you look closely, you'll see a tiny fly on the underside of her jaw, and another one in the lower left.
Pond, Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan
Title: The Joint Was Jumpin'