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Peruvian Night Jewel

Peruvian Night Jewel
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Copyright: The dude who loves frogs (AnimalExplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1010 W: 6 N: 334] (1997)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 105mm f2.8 Macro
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): F r o g s [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-31 10:49
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Polkadot Tree Frog
Hyla punctata

I discovered this individual a lot closer to the city of Puerto Maldonado. Last time I traveled two long river systems in a "Peki-peki" which had finally brought me to an incredible place where I had the chance to photograph this species before and many other cool animals. They have so much character to them which I think makes them very photogenic. This time it is sitting on a Heliconia rostrata which is commonly known as False Bird of Paradise, Hanging Heliconia, or Lobster Claw.

Well I haven't posted for a very long time and saw that Howard has since and thought I would post one myself for old times sake and say hi to everyone. I hope everyone is doing great.

Happy Halloween,
Paul :)

jmirah, nglen, rousettus, flashpoint, marhowie, ppmiranda, matatur, Luis52, luciola, GLEM, horias, maurydv, cirano, pilonm, loot, RII, Hormon_Manyer, Ingrid1 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To marhowie: Frogs are the purest form of life...AnimalExplorer 1 10-31 14:59
To sandpiper2: Nice to hear from you Chris...AnimalExplorer 1 10-31 14:42
To matatur: My return will have a different presence....AnimalExplorer 1 10-31 14:33
To PeterZ: My website sucks!...AnimalExplorer 1 10-31 12:02
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hello Paul
it is a BEAUTY that i like
great shot of this glassfrog
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-10-31 11:08]

hello paul,
excellent picture of this frog.
very nice BG and superb clarity !!
excllent details

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-31 11:09]

Hi Paul
Great capture from a country I love...Excellent composition with superb color, detail and POV...TFS

Hi Paul,
nice to see you are posting again - I love your frog, it's amazing to see this guy so close. Beautiful colours, it's a fantastic post, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-31 11:27]

Hi Paul. Nice to see a picture from you even from the small ppicture i thought it was yours. First class detail and colours in the close up ofthe little colourful frog. Well taken TFS.

hello Paul
nice to see you here again. welcome back.
this is perfect capture of tropcial Polkadot Tree Frog. splendid colors, perfect light using and sharp focus. POV, black BG and composition superb. thanks for sharing this beauty
best wishes

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-31 11:44]
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Hello Paul,
Great to see you posting again here on TN. And how! This photo is very, very beautiful in superb sharpness, details and natural colours. Excellent contrasting black BG. It's a good photo for your website. I've visited it.... wonderful.
Excellent frontal POV and composition.

Lovely.Fantastic close-up.

hello Paul!
amazing portrait of this south american
specie of Hyla..
vivid chromatism and brilliant posture
thanks and HAPPY HALLOWEEN too

hello Paul
enchanting scene and photo output! bravo!
TFS thanks for sharing

It's the most perfect embodiment of a frog I could imagine..especially from where I sit in the middle of Texas.
So when are we going to Peru?
A purely quintessential image if I do say so myself :)

Hi Paul

Nice to see you here again. As with all your previous work, its brilliant. Superb composition and exposure. The details are fantastic and the colours mak ethis photogenic frog stand out even more.


Hope your return will be a lengthy one Paul, your fine photographers eye and play with colours is again very evident in this superb frontal portrait of a lovely hylid specimen. The black BG greatly emphasizes the beauty of the image and helps to create a nice 3-D effect.
TFS and cheers,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-10-31 15:21]

Hola Paul.
Beautiful little Forog. So colorful. Excellent light and BG. Lovely pose.

Fantastic come back with this incredible night beauty. The composition and the colors are marvellous. I like very well the eyes of this tree frog. TFS,

Hi Paul,

Impressive an neat image, very well managed location of elements, great visual result. Very pro! Happy Hallowen also for you!



The perfect photo.

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  • DCrump (28)
  • [2009-10-31 18:35]

Wow, absolutely beautiful. Fantastic color, and great composition, Paul. Thanks for sharing. David

Excelentes colores y contrastes. Buena luz y sobrada profundidad. Encuadre y fondo muy conseguidos. Muy buen trabajo Paul:

J. Ignasi.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-11-01 1:18]

salut Paul,
fantastique macro, un vrai trésor ramené de voyage.
Comme d'habitude tout est parfait ...ou presque...elle a un doigt de coupée en bas :)


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-11-01 1:43]

O captura de exceptie!
Culori extraordinare, textura broscutei se intuieste perfect datorita detalilor perfecte!
Lumina este splendida!
O captura grozav de reusita.
Felicitari Paul!

Asta este una dintre cele mai bune poze vazute de mine azi.Culorile sunt superbe si broscuta asta este foarte interesanta.Felicitari.O zi buna.Alin.

Hello Paul,
what a wonderful macro shot of Hyla punctata, outstanding sharpness and fantastic colours very well saturated, a very pleasing close composition with a superb contrast of colours.
Best regards

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-11-01 8:09]

a beautiful and sharp picture of this exotic and strange creature resting on the colourful Heliconia.
It's a pity that you cut a small part of the frog's toe.
Best wishes and much more success on your trip,

Hi Paul,
great posting! An eyecatcher, strictly composed, crispy clear details on a fascinating creature in lush tropical primary colours - a marvellous feast for the eyes from madre de dios and our good friend Paul whom I missed so much for many months. One of the best things that could happen on a day like halloween. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-11-01 15:57]

A wonderful macro shot.Excellent colors,sharp details.Very nice composition.TFS.

amazing capture, TFS Ori

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2009-11-04 12:22]

Hello Paul,

A very nice picture of this lovely frog! I like the color of the fruit (for the green part) to the color of the animal's skin. The leg position is also very interesting. Excellent exposition and pov! The only thing is that I found the picture a little bit too cropped. I would like to see more space in front of the fruit, and also below in order to see the whole digit correctly.

A very good picture, though!



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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-11-16 18:19]

Haha... Here's looking straight back at you.
Gotta love those eyes.
What a great pose.
Fantastic colors and details.
Can't decide what I like more: the eyes or the toes.
Great to see you back.
TFS. : )

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-21 1:50]
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Hi Frog Dude

Wonderful it is, this first "small" step and the second "small" step shouldn't be that
difficult. The world and we here at TrekNature are holding our breath in anticipation.
Howard has already increased his steps and we are enjoying it all the way. So, what
say you? Seems like the ugly abdominal copyright monster have not devoured any
Trekkies as yet.

It is great to see this little frog. It's the same magic stuff I've appreciated so much in
the past and which I'm missing so much in the present. Looks like he was squinting
his eyes at you – maybe it was his way to try to tell you something (chuckle). Anyway,
you know this shot is technically superb, all in a class of its own. So, you don't need
me telling you that. Oops, I just did tell you that, but I'm sure you will believe me.

Great to see a posting from you MF and TFS.

  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2009-12-13 14:11]

Hi Mmy friend Paul.

Fantastic, great, wonderfull, all is perfect.

Saludos and congratulations....RICARDO.

*smiley tomorrow.

Hi Paul,

Fantastic shot, excellent presentation of this tropical species. The way You captured him is very elegant, the black background makes awesome contrast with the colorful leave and the frog. Beautiful job. Bravo.

Although we didn't met here on TN previously, I'm glad You're posting here again (sometimes), because those few pics which You uploaded are perfect all. Like the ones of Howard.

Best regards from Hungary (Europe), László

Ciao Paul. A perfect one! Best colours and light in stunning details. Very well done.


Destined to be an all time Treknature Classic Paul. I loved it when I first logged two years after you, old timer. Great image. Period.

Excelente toma, (parabéns!!)!!!
Cores maravilhosas, contraste, textura, tensão e foco, além de uma composição belissima devido ao jogo de linhas do reptil e vegetal, parece uma helicônia...LINDO!!!

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2012-02-10 7:41]

Hello, wonderful close up of the frog. Every fine detail has been captured by your photographic skill and camera. You have a terrific gallery of very fine photos.
Have a great day,

Dear Paul,

I truly have run out of adjectives to describe what I feel , when I view your wondrous work.

This little jewel is actually heartwarming, and I never thought I would use this expression in connection with a frog.; thanks for sharing, and I have added your work to my theme "frogs"

Greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

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  • Diya Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 25] (190)
  • [2013-12-05 23:40]

Hi Paul

Beautiful capture. The colors the details the angle which you took the shot and its clarity everything is so perfect.Lovely.
Thanks for sharing such a preety frog.

It seems this frog is alive!Perfectionist.....Excellent work.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice WE-Srikumar

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