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Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some photographs I’ve recently taken as well as some of my favorites from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.


It was fun to confirm with my own eyes today that wood frogs have, indeed, started to emerge from hibernation and are heading to vernal pools and other bodies of water to begin their breeding process. I have yet to hear (this year) the duck-like “quack” that the males serenade their potential mates with, but it won’t be long before we do.

2 responses

  1. Knox C. Johnson

    Marvelous! What time of day is best to seek out these amphibs? Any ideal temp. range?

    Mary, thanks so much for sharing, Knox

    March 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    • Hi Knox,
      Wood frogs are just starting to appear…in another week or so, pools should sound like they are full of ducks (really male wood frogs singing). A vernal pool (that dries up by summer’s end) in the woods is your best bet for finding them, but your ears will guide you to them, believe me. Once their peak breeding season is here (2 -4 weeks) you can go ANY time of day, and they will not mind your presence. Often a bunch of males clamber onto one poor female in an attempt to mate — unbelievable sight. In case you missed it, if you click on the arrow of each blog page, it will take you back to the previous entry, should you want to see the past two months’ worth of my photos. Mary

      March 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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