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Late summer cornucopia

Posted Sept. 13, 2011, at 9:51 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 13, 2011, at 2:36 p.m.
Peeper frog
Dave Small
Peeper frog
Peeper frog
Dave Small
Peeper frog
American pelecinid female
Dave Small
American pelecinid female
Chanterelle
Dave Small
Chanterelle
Common ringlet
Dave Small
Common ringlet
Juvenile white-tail deer
Dave Small
Juvenile white-tail deer
Juvenile white-tail deer
Dave Small
Juvenile white-tail deer
White-tail deer at Witter Farm
Dave Small
White-tail deer at Witter Farm

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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