NOT for the FAINT of HEART

© Michelle Alton

NOT for the FAINT of HEART

Michelle Alton level-classic 7/12/2012 3:03:20 AM

From Capture to the Inevitable.
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R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 7/12/2012 3:09:38 AM

Oh my! Such a wonderful shot of nature at its best! One that would haunt me watching it but yet it's how nature is. Fabulous capture Michelle #10226145

Danny B. Head level-classic 7/12/2012 3:10:32 AM

Not for the faint of heart, but the images are so crystal clear....beautiful details! #10226147

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic 7/12/2012 3:20:26 AM

Not the most appetizing shot before breakfast but very very fascinating! Great work catching these so well! #10226161

Jack Gaskin level-classic 7/12/2012 3:29:56 AM

I TOLD YOU !!!!
It's like a car crash on the HWY. Everyone slows down for a look. We are all just draw by the stark reality.

Now don't waste time as long as there are frog tadpoles & crayfish SOMETHING will be around dining.

Jack
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Karen E. Michaels level-classic 7/12/2012 3:41:32 AM

YaY! You are your own discovery channel special!
Happens every day, Michelle, but you got it on film.
Brava! #10226214

Monnie Ryan level-classic 7/12/2012 7:43:36 AM

Wow - amazing series! Somehow I suspect the rest of those froggies will get their turn before that heron moves on. #10226464

Liz Bullock level-classic 7/12/2012 7:55:27 AM

Terrific capture! #10226493

Joyce S. Court level-classic 7/12/2012 8:02:37 AM

What a great account of the little green heron and the frog - the cycle of life. #10226514

Tarun Bose level-classic 7/12/2012 8:16:35 AM

Outstanding series of photographs. Great work Michelle. #10226544

Mike Clime level-classic 7/12/2012 11:26:39 AM

Fantastic series of captures, Michelle! Leave it to Jack to know about the dunking part. PS - I like frog legs! #10226686

Marcel J. Fernandez level-classic 7/12/2012 2:02:54 PM

Outstanding! Love the series. #10226851

Lori Carlson level-classic 7/12/2012 3:18:09 PM

Wow! That darn circle of life!! You captured it very well tho, Michelle!! #10226936

Neal D. Hatcher level-classic 7/12/2012 3:52:24 PM

Fantastic -Beautiful captures-and descriptions-Love the photos your posting from the pond-"BEAUTIFUL" #10226967

Thomas E. Hinds level-classic 7/12/2012 5:30:55 PM

Incredible image and blow by blow description, Michelle! Nature is remarkable, no doubt! The drama of a single pond can convey that to those willing to watch! Great work! #10227085

Anita Hogue level-classic 7/12/2012 6:17:12 PM

I love the little green heron but.......I feel so sorry for that little cute froggie..........I guess that is nature......

Awesome capture!!!!! #10227146

Craig D. Minton 7/12/2012 8:59:21 PM

Great shot, Michelle! The foreground grasses, the reflection, the beautiful water droplets, are all a perfect contrast to the stark reality of nature. #10227273

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic 7/13/2012 8:16:44 AM

Terrific capture,Michelle!! #10227847

Jill Odice level-classic 7/13/2012 9:32:19 AM

Talk about being in the right place at the right time! Sorry for the frog, but you really caught an incredible image! #10227970

Daniella Puente level-classic 7/13/2012 1:23:16 PM

The clarity and moments are amazing Michelle, wonderful photos! #10228138

Rona L. Schwarz level-classic 7/13/2012 9:23:38 PM

Oh my goodness...what a marvelous series of action captures, Michelle! Nature at its best (or worst). Love your whole LGH series at the pond, really remarkable photography! #10228580

Jeffrey R. Bange level-classic 7/14/2012 9:00:05 PM

Fantastic series of shots Michelle of mother nature at her best. #10229698

Terry Cervi level-classic 7/15/2012 5:24:28 PM

An amazing series of shots, Michelle. #10230664

Carol Flisak level-classic 7/16/2012 3:41:24 PM

Terrific image, Michelle... excellent details and light! Thanks for sharing the lessons of nature too! #10232262

Mike F. Anderson level-classic 7/17/2012 3:58:24 PM

The beauty of nature and the reality of life all caught in one epic moment! This is what comes from knowing your shooting environment and being patient. If the little frog had know what you already knew, the outcome may have been different (at least for him). Wonderful series, Michelle. I also loved the reflections. #10233902

Randall J. Scholten level-classic 7/18/2012 7:36:39 AM

Incredible and fascinating images Michelle! #10234722

Stephen Zacker level-classic 7/21/2012 6:45:19 AM

What a capture and setting. Very nice #10238649

Lorna Shutter level-classic 7/21/2012 7:37:43 AM

A fantastic catch, Michelle! ... for both you and the Heron! Love every image in your Series of photos! Poor frog didn't stand a chance! That Heron looks ferocious!! Great POV for these wonderful captures! Excellent colour and detail too! :) #10238697

Emile Abbott level-classic 7/23/2012 2:54:28 PM

Survival of the fittest and those that are lucky. Nature and the food chain. Excellent series Michelle. #10241562

Jean Lechleiter level-classic 7/25/2012 11:26:47 AM

WOW !!! Awesome series, Michelle.Wonderful detail and clarity.
Congrats. #10243869

Priscilla J. Burgers level-classic 8/5/2012 3:24:51 PM

Fantastic captures! I'd be happy just to shoot a little green heron. #10263971

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Yesterday's post included in the discussion area a photo of a "brand new" little frog, happily (she seemed to be smiling) floating spread-eagled on calm water.
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I had been worried that she would become easy prey for the voracious Little Green Heron. And in the mid-afternoon yesterday, with me less than two yards away--the deed was done.
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The heron had been feasting all day at our pond, and was NOT hungry. But I guess where food is plentiful, the bird will get all he can.
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The good news is that in the LONG two minutes that this little frog was being repeatedly dunked and turned (Jack G. says the dunking is to clean grass and debris and to lubricate the frog's skin for the swallowing), at least 10 nearby frogs escaped to the far end of the pond.
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I'm SURE the Little Green Heron is CELEBRATING having found the pond--marauding Blue Jays notwithstanding.
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Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/160 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 640, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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