The Beauty of Frog Eyes

I can still remember the “!!WOW!!” I felt the first time I took a picture of a frog & noticed the jewel-like quality of its eye.

I think I pestered everyone I knew for at least a week with the picture I’d taken so I could share that sense of wonder with them.

Undoubtedly NOT the last time my friends & family thought I was mildly wacky with my photography.  😉

At La Selva Research Station in Costa Rica, I saw huge frogs.  They were so big I couldn’t really take a full portrait of them with my macro set-up without getting too far away from them to get a pleasing shot.

What’s a macro photographer to do?

Go for a close up of the eye in this case.

That first eye belongs to what I believe is a Leptodactylus genus “Bull Frog” that was about 6" (15 cm) from nose to rump.

One of those cases where common names aren't helpful. 

"Bull Frogs" can be any one of a number of frogs around the world.  


We have a Bull Frog here in the mid-Atlantic U.S. that is a totally different genus & species from the Costa Rican Bull Frog. 


I've also seen Bull Frogs in Singapore that are, again, a totally different genus & species from either the Costa Rican one or the U.S. one.  


The second eye belongs to what I believe is a frog in the Boana genus.  

Perhaps a Boana rufitela given the red between his toes.  This frog was about 2" (5 cm) long.


La Selva Research Station, Costa Rica. Photos taken of wild critters where I find them. No posing, pestering, or baiting, & aiming to leave no trace. Corrections welcome to my critter IDs. Olympus EM1 Mark II, M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro, Fenix Headlamp & Focusing Lights, Godox TT350o Flash. DIY Diffuser. Handheld.