Leaf frogs

There are many fantastic pictures of leaf frogs online and I thought I would take pictures like that too. Because how difficult can it be? We live in Blekinge near the border with Skåne and in Skåne there are leaf frogs. We read about in which nature reserves they should be, when in the year you can find them and when in the day. Then we went to the nearest pond and looked in the water and found frogs…. but not leaf frogs. We searched through the bushes by the pond, into the thorny thickets but no leaf frog. Into the car and looked out the next nature reserve where they would be and the same procedure again with the same result that is, no leaf frogs. So then we started thinking about whether the frogs were late this year? Or early? Or wrong time of day? Or was it the wrong weather? We had to confess defeat this time and head home again. Next weekend it was time again. We drove down to Österlen again and started at the same pond as last time and with the same results as before. Then we decided on Fyledalen because there will be leaf frogs. Once in Fyledalen we found that there were many ponds and a little aimlessly we looked around among the ponds. We heard frogs croaking, saw small frog eyes sticking up in the pond but not this time it was leaf frogs either. There were a few trips around Skåne in our search for the little beautiful creatures. Unfortunately, we were not so successful in our search. Time for more research online. There were those who found frogs so it was the right time of year. The leaf frogs they found were on Österlen so we were in the right place. Maybe it was the time of day that was wrong anyway. So as the evening approached we went down again towards Österlen and the frog pond. It was dusk when we arrived at the pond and this time we had high hopes to finally see the small leaf frogs. But we did not hear any frog song even though you can hear it from a kilometer away. Into the car and towards the next pond and there it was just as quiet. So off to a third pond and then finally we heard the leaf frog croaking. What joy. But now it was too dark to look so we buried our home with the knowledge that they are at one of the ponds that we looked at several times without results. The next day it was down to the nature reserve again and now that we knew they were there we were a little more persistent in our search. Suddenly there is a glimmer of sunshine and yes there is a little frog sitting on a branch and sunbathing. Very quiet and you can easily take it for a leaf. Then it was time to mess up the camera tripod in the bushes and immortalize the beautiful leaf frog. Once we found the first frog, we saw that there were more so it is important not to give up. It's kind of like looking for chanterelles, the first one is the hardest to find. Feel free to follow me on instagram @fotograf_lasse_andersson

Leaf frogs