Nature~ my favorite photography subject. And this is one of my all time favorite photographs. This little green guy saw me long before I saw him, but he wasn't the least bit concerned by my presence. He was perfectly camouflaged by the pond plant life and I only spotted him when he blinked. Even as I inched forward for a closer shot he just floated lazily. I had no doubt that he was aware of my every move.
Okay, so its a close up of a green frog in a green pond. Its got good color and the composition isn't too bad. Those reasons aren't why its my favorite picture though.
I love this picture because for me its not a picture of a frog in a green pond. Its a picture of visual contact. The black and gold eye was seeing me at that precise moment. I was watching nature and nature was watching me. It didn't feel threatened by me. It didn't run and hide. In that moment in time I was a part of nature and that creature's life, and it didn't fear me. It merely watched with curiosity and trust. That is what I felt at that moment, and that is what I remember as I look at this picture and into the frog's bright eye. That is why this is one of my favorite photographs.