May 25, 2018
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Late summer cornucopia


Dave Small asks, “Is a spring peeper still a spring peeper when you discover it in late summer? Perhaps it’s just a peeper or a peeper frog or maybe a summer peeper.”

He reports that since early spring he’s had the amphibian on his bucket list to photograph, but didn’t see one until last week.

“My brother-in-law … and I were just starting down a trail that’s just off the Stud Mill Road to check a bear baiting station. [we figured] there might just be a black bear hanging around waiting for a jelly donut fix or a portly photographer. After two or three steps down the trail this inch big frog hurles itself several feet down the trail, a second much shorter jump landed the peeper under some leaf litter.”

“I had a great time trying to image this fella. I hope you enjoy the capture.”

Meanwhile, Small says, he andhis wife got rained out of a hike on Great Pond Mountain

Wildlands, but not before getting a photo of an American pelecinid and a common ringlet butterfly.

“We are definitely heading back to the Wildlands this fall for a more extensive hike.”

And the juvenile white-tail deer? Small said it wandered into his yard while he was enjoying a morning cup of coffee on the back porch. The youngster maybe came looking for a morning Danish?

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