Some recent macro photography to come out of the internet is from Wil Mijer, a gifted photographer based in the Netherlands who has a special fondness for the miniature world of colorful tropical frogs. Mijer is an extremely artistic and passionate photographer and her heart has been won over by the tiny tropical creatures.
Frogs are an assorted and generally carnivorous species of short-bodied, tailless amphibians. They are a well distributed species, ranging from the tropics to subarctic regions, but the utmost concentration of species diversity can be found in the tropics, specifically in the rainforests. There are more or less 4,800 recorded species, and they are also one of the five most varied vertebrate orders.
The typical body of an adult frog is usually characterized by a plump body, obtruding eyes, cleft tongue, limbs folded beneath and the nonexistence of a tail in adults. While most live in fresh water and/or on dry land, the adults of some species are capable of living beneath the ground or in trees. A frog is glandular, with secretions varying from repugnant to poisonous. A frogs’ skin can vary in color from camouflaged dappled brown, grey and green to bright patterns of brilliant red or yellow and black to announce toxicity and ward off potential predators.
Many tend to think frogs to be pests, but Mijer’s macro images bring out their oft underappreciated beauty. Her intense-colored world showing them in their tropical habitat of plants seems almost unreal. “I’m very small and in my work everything is small too,” she recently wrote. “I like to do macro photography and will try to make a little dream from every picture.”
As creepy as most people make them out to be, frogs are truly exceptional creatures. They are exceedingly adaptable, and can inhabit every kind of habitat on every continent barring Antarctica. They are the ultimate survivors and can live in mountains, forests, deserts, or jungles. Unknown to many, they are currently under threat, particularly in the Western world, due to agricultural water pollution and climate change.
Mijer’s images hopefully will draw attention to this species’ protection.