Mark Williams
photo by
Mark Williams
taken in
McCormack Pond, Dundas Ontario

Winner: Best Overall
Winner:
Best Wildlife Photo

artist statement:
"Photographing Nature demands patience, and frogs are more than happy to be the teacher.  Many times I have marched past the pond's edge only to observe those hopping green critters dive into the water, before I move on.  On one particular day in late Spring, when I experienced just such a scene, I decided to sit still and wait, and wait… for them to come up for air.  They tested my patience for over an hour.  Slowly, silently, heads began popping up here and there.  Some looked like driftwood, some like rocks and others like fallen debris from the hanging branches above, until... directly in front of me, a large green frog popped up out of the duckweed and appeared to be smiling at me.  I took it as an invitation to take his picture.  He seemed to wait patiently as I excitedly fumbled and focused." ---Mark Williams, Hamilton


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