The Watcher

We were sitting out on the back patio on a particularly hot day – 39ºC or 102.2ºF for the imperially minded, don’t you think it’s funny that the USA a country that is supposedly a republic favours imperial measurements? Sorry I digress. Back to the patio on a hot day. We were having one of those rambling conversations that goes with just basically hanging out and enjoying each others company when I felt that we were being watched. It is quite a distinct feeling, the hairs go up on the back of the neck and you have a prickly feeling in the centre of your back. I looked around and couldn’t see anything. But the sensation wouldn’t go away. I scanned our surroundings carefully – this time I noticed. There he was. Sitting up 2 metres from the ground (6.561 feet) in the trellis there he was. Impassively watching. Maintaining his vigil in the hot sun.


Motorbike Frog by Paul Amyes on
The most commonly found frog in Western Australia’s south-west is the motor bike frog (Litoria moorei). They are not a “tree frog” but they do climb very well and this one was at the top of our garden lattice nearly 2 metres above the ground. Olympus OMD EM1 with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens. Exposure: 1/1000, f5.5 at ISO 800 with + 2 stops exposure compensation.


Garden Update

Australian Painted Lady
Australian painted lady butterfly (Vanessa kershawi). Olympus Pen EP-5 with Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens and Olympus FL600-R speed light.

I’m always amazed at what I can find in my back garden. This is just an ordinary suburban backyard and yet I seem to find something new to photograph on a weekly basis. If you pine for an African Wildlife safari but never have the coin I’d try getting out in the garden and seeing what you can find.

Garden Katydid
A garden katydid (Caedicia simplex) found strangely enough in my garden. Olympus Pen EP-5 with Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens.
Cabbage White Butterfly
A cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) on a lavender flower. Olympus Pen EP-5 with Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens and Olympus FL600-R speed light.
Eastern Common Froglet
Found in one of our raised veggie beds. The Eastern Common Frog (Crinia signifera) is a small ground dwelling frog and is one of Eastern Australia’s most common and widespread species. Olympus OMD EM-10 with Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens.

As always clicking on the image will take you to my online gallery.