Frogs Under Camouflage at Potomac Overlook

Rob Paine Arlington Frog

One of the best things about being a professional photographer is you never know what you are going to see on a given day. The world offers new treasures every morning. It is just a matter of finding them. (Please see more text and second photo below)

Yesterday was one of those days. I had been assigned to photograph Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington, Va.. The park run by the Northern Virginia Regional Park system is a stone’s throw from our nation’s capital.

One of the greatest attractions of living in the D.C. area is its abundance of parks. National, state, regional, county and city parks dot the landscape. I have lived in the D.C. area for most of my life but never even knew Potomac Overlook existed until this week.

The 70 acre park includes a nature center featuring live animals, woodland trails, a picnic area, a birds of prey house where you can see a rescued hawk and two rescued owls, an organic vegetable garden and a solar energy exhibit.

I photographed these frogs in a small pond next to the entrance to the organic garden. The frog shown above does an amazing job of camouflaging itself. Its eyes even resembles the bubbles in the pond to give it better cover. The green look on the water was enhanced from the green reflected from the trees above.

Both photos were taken with a 200MM lens.

If you live in the D.C. Area or are visiting anytime soon, I would highly recommend going to Potomac Overloook. Park manager Roy Geiger and his staff do an incredible job.

frog eye Rob Paine Arlington

P.S.- While surfing through some photo blogs yesterday, I saw an incredible post written by a man in California named Fred Rothenberg who photographed a mountain lion on his back patio. The blog entry can be found here Big Cat The photographer also posted a gallery of photos taken during the mountain lion’s visit to his patio that can be found here

You need to see these wonderful photos. The shots were taken in Ojai, California, which is near Los Padres National Forest and west of Ventura, California.

Thanks for dropping by today.


  1. I like frogs and they are fun to photograph. Your frog is cute. I have seen mountain lions in PA. On the way there two years ago, I saw one by the side of the highway that was hit by a car. When riding my horse on a trail in PA, one almost got us that was sitting in a tree waiting. Lucky my horse was very fast and sensed it.


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