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Local photographer captures tree frogs in their element

Staff Reports Posted 18 September 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Brandon Blount-Carpenter

CARLTON – Brandon Blount-Carpenter, a local wildlife photographer, has been intrigued by gray tree frogs the past couple years. He has pictures of them in different colors, including the light green one in the top photo and the gray one below.

“If you handle one it will literally change color right in front of you,” he said. “When they are excited they turn that bright green color.”

Blount-Carpenter sent in these photos after seeing the one on the Orleans Hub of a frog camping out along an office wall outside at the offices for Orleans Hub and The Lake Country Pennysaver at 170 North Main St.

Blount-Carpenter took the top photo in the spring 2012, with the second photo taken this past spring. Both were taking outside by his house in Carlton.

This picture was taken last September.

Blount-Carpenter also has rescued some gray tree frog tadpoles and put them in garden ponds.

“On warmer nights in the spring summer and fall, you can hear them singing. It’s like a chorus out here at night.”