Front image: Blue Poison Dart Frog, image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. ISO 1600, f/4, 1/60s, Evaluative metering +2/3.
Starting a new collection: poisonous frogs!
Of the many images I brought back from the Zurich Zooh! are south american frogs, colourful, mysterious and beautiful animals of which the Zooh! has a generous collection. Their vivid colours are like blinking lights indicating danger: despite their tiny size, 1.5cm (0.6″), they are amongst the most poisonous animals on earth. Unlike a snake which dispatches the venom with its fangs, these frogs have the toxin in glands of their skin: taking a bite out of them is a very bad idea!
Native inhabitants of the south american jungle commonly rub the tip of their arrows on the skin of these frogs: it insures them a kill for each shot!
They are still not very well known and there are debate whether certain colour variants are morphs of one specie or distinct ones but, beyond the scholarly discussions, they are simply beautiful to look at. Unfortunately most of them are endangered species due to habitat losses and illness, the Zooh! has actively contributed to their conservation for years.
I start today with two images which open the Amphibious collection.