Nature photography is very much about showing up and taking what you get. Even so, I’ve been hitting Trout Lake and the Central Valley Parkway with American Goldfinches on my mind. They hang out there, barely on the edge of my 24x zoom. They’re deliciously, improbably yellow–the first time I saw one, I was sure it must be someone’s escaped canary–and I’ve never gotten a decent shot of one.

Instead, a recent trip yielded something just as precious–a bullfrog climbing out onto a lily pad.
I suspect there are a couple places in Alberta where I might have seen exactly this as a kid, but I never encountered one. Frogs on lilies are very much a fairytale sight, for me, and they haven’t got old yet.


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About Alyx Dellamonica

After twenty-two years in Vancouver, B.C., I've recently moved to Toronto Ontario, where I make my living writing science fiction and fantasy; I also review books and teach writing online at UCLA. I'm a legally married lesbian, a coffee snob, and I wake up at an appallingly early hour.

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