June 15, 2013
Photographer: Alyssa O'Brien; John Stetson
Summary Author: John Stetson
The young lad above is holding a gelatinous mass of wood frog eggs. Nocturnal songs of wood frogs and spring peepers are a herald of spring. The wood frogs' habitat extends north all the way to the Arctic Circle, where they're finally now emerging and starting their cacophony of frog calls, hoping to attract a mate. When it hibernates in winter, the wood frog's heart actually stops beating -- it can feel as cold as ice. Many frog species, including wood frogs, are under pressure on several fronts; from loss of vernal pools to chytrid fungus. Photo taken in Brunswick, Maine on April 24, 2013.
Photo details: Camera Model: NIKON D90; Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8; Focal Length: 50.0mm (35mm equivalent: 75mm); Aperture: f/1.8; Exposure Time: 0.0005 s (1/2000); ISO equiv: 800; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh.