We've been hearing them croak for weeks, but the frogs have been very shy this year. Actually, I wasn't sure whether they were toads or frogs, but toads don't stay in the water very long here. They return to dry land as soon has they have bred and spawned, I think.
So these are definitely frogs. The Panasonic camera proved it to me. They are a Kermit-like green in color. And they seem bolder, all of a sudden. I hope they are eating a ton of mosquito wrigglers as they swim around in the pond out back and go "ribbit".
Seriously, the camera is great. I went out yesterday morning and snapped just more than 100 photos over the course of my 45 minute walk with the dog. I saw a lot of plants and a lot of butterflies. The photo below is one that I took of a butterfly at about 30 paces, using macro mode and a long zoom.
I took the photo of daisies, below, the same way — macro mode, with a long zoom. It came out pretty sharp.
And there were a lot of little morning-glory-type flowers on the ground all around the vineyard plots. They're much smaller than this one might look. The flower was probably less than an inch across.
It's raining today and it's Walt's morning to walk Callie, so I won't be getting any new photos this morning. Maybe on the afternoon walk... if the sun comes back out.