An exciting adventure looking at the land and the people around me.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Amazingly Leopard Frogs can stay out of the water for fairly lengthy times. I have been waiting for a shot out on the prairie, and had one jump into my lap. They have a good jump and can easily go three to five meters in a hop. One year I worked with a National Geographic crew catching them for action shots. They took movies of them jumping in front of a blue screen, and later would add a background to the stills they chose from the movies. I never got to see the finished product, but took some good teasing from others at the biological station we were working out of. I had barely started and was in my third day, when I came upon a group taking a family picture on a bike trail. I said I could take it for them so all could get in, that I was working with photography at the lab. They immediately knew what I was doing and said, "Oh, you are with the National Geographic crew!" I laughed knowing how information travels in a small community since this was the first local group I had met. Wednesdays each week the station did a program that many attended, and they had enjoyed many of these programs. I was a celebrity for a few minutes, but faded into obscurity very fast. This biological station was started in 1909, so had a lot of people prominent in their respective fields. This also was a cumulative school sponsored by all the state universities. We worked with prairie and wetland projects all summer, students from all areas joined in taking the experience as a class. My prominence faded away, the memories were carried on a gentle prairie breeze for all to enjoy.