If You Want a Green Frog, You May Have to Get Into the Swamp

Green Frog, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan’s U.P.

If you want a nice image of a frog, you have to go where the frogs are. And that means getting down in the swamp or bog or whatever other wet place the frog happens to be.

So it is a good idea to be prepared. When I am on a serious photo expedition, I have a towel, spare shoes, and spare socks in the car in case I get my feet really wet.

Photographer in pursuit of a green frog. Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

There were plenty of frogs in this pond and several of them were close to the edge of the pond. I use the word “edge” loosely. It was not like a lake with a well defined edge between water and dry ground. The closer we got to the pond the wetter and spongier it got. The vegetation around the pond was thick. As I walked on the spongy grasses I could hear the gurgle of water under my feet as I approached the frog I wanted to photograph. To get the angle I wanted, I had to sit down. It felt pretty damp. But the frog was cooperative so getting a little wet was a small price to pay for a good photo.

Photography field trip. Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite places on the planet. It is called one of the “crown jewels” of the US wildlife refuge system. Each summer Seney is one of the field trip locations for my Northern Michigan photography workshop. If you love wildlife and wetlands, Seney is a great place to go. It is a few miles north of Germfask in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


Seney National Wildlife Refuge

2019 Total Immersion Nature Photography Workshop