15/04/2024

Wildlife Photographer Captures Magical Moment Two Frogs Share A Hug In The Rain

Wildlife Photographer Captures Magical Moment Two Frogs Share A Hug In The Rain

 If you’re caught unprepared when the heavens open, it’s often a good idea to run for cover. Wildlife photographer Ajar Setiadi has always been drawn to capturing the secret lives of animals and reptiles in his hometown of Bogo, Indonesia. There certainly isn’t a lack of wildlife where he lives, and he helps bring us closer to the secret natural world through photography.

This motivated him to get a camera and documents all the critters he’d spent hours watching. This passion inspired him to pick up a camera years ago in an attempt to document the unique snakes, frogs, lizards, birds and insects he’d spent hours watching. And after so much time behind the lens, he’s developed a knack for capturing these secretive little animals in emotional, almost human moments.

When it rains, Setiadi likes to watch the white tree frogs, also known as dumpy tree frogs, take cover under the vegetation. But this pair of quick-thinking frogs came up with a novel way of staying dry in showers by holding a flower over them like an umbrella. A common winner is watching white tree frogs take cover under plants when it rains, this is one of his favorite times. One day, Ajar noticed one frog seem to gently shield and comfort another from the storm that was outside, all while under a little flower umbrella. As soon as he took the photo, he knew it was something special,  he said “I could only get a few frames because this moment can’t be repeated.”

Capturing these magical interactions takes a lot of patience, but for Setiadi, it’s always worth it. “I let [the animals] act,” Setiadi said. “I’m just waiting for the best moment.” And Setiadi doesn’t mind getting a little damp if it means witnessing nature at its best. Capturing these magical, intimate moments takes a lot of patience, but shots like this make it all worth it for Ajar. “I let [the animals] act,” said Ajar. “I’m just waiting for the best moment.”

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