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I shared a warm beverage with Kerry Jarvis at Crema Café in Port Elgin the other day. The purpose of our get-together was to chat about his thoughts on his upcoming Huron Fringe Birding Festival Events. That’s when he proudly showed me a copy of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine.

The cover featured a stunning shot of an Eastern Grey Treefrog.

I taped our conversation.

Kerry Jarvis cover fall 2012


“This is my first national magazine cover. I’ve been on other provincial and regional covers – but this is the one I’m most happy with.”


“So you have the cover shot and the lead article?”


“Right…its called Frogs and Toads Through Your Lens.”


“Where was it taken?”


“There’s a MacGregor Point Park connection here. My wife and I were camping there one week in late June. Throughout the week we had been hearing the distinctive trill of a Grey Treefrog. Early one morning she spotted it on a nearby tree. I grabbed my camera, tripod and flash hoping to document this wonderful creature. Normally they retreat or freeze on your approach. Fortunately this guy decided on the latter. I’m always of the mind that if you’re photographing something you should have some knowledge about the subject, its behavior and its habitat.”


Fortunately for us…is this the inspiration for your June 1 HFBF event you’re calling  ‘How and Where to Photograph Frogs and Toads?”


“Yes it is. In MacGregor I’ve seen and photographed 6 species of frogs and toads – Wood Frogs, Eastern Grey Treefrogs, Leopard Frogs, Green Frogs, American Toads, and Spring Peepers. So my event is coming right on the heels of my article. I’ll do a session indoors first. We’ll learn to identify by call and visual. There’s only 13 species in the Province – so it’s easier to memorize a dozen or so calls – and I’ll talk about different species habitat. I’ll share photo tips on how to approach frogs…and then we’ll do a photo hike to see what we can hear and identify…some of them are  pretty small and well camouflaged,  so sometimes you have to play detective to find them. This is the fun part of taking workshops at the HFBF, you never know what surprises you’ll come across.”


“What kind of gear does one need to shoot these little guys?”


“You don’t always need pro gear. If you have a point and shoot you’re in good shape. When I did this article several of the images were taken with my compact camera. Basically I’ll be sharing some tips on how to take better images of frogs and toads regardless if you have a digital SLR or a compact camera.”


“You’re also doing another event on Saturday, May 25 at 1:30.”


“Right…Listening to the Sounds of Nature. It’s about being more acute with our ears. Instead of looking at nature it’s about listening when you’re outdoors. It’s about understanding the sounds your hear in the bush from common birds, frogs, mammals, and other critters…even the sound of wind and thunder.”


“How are you setting this one up?”


“Over the years I recorded various sounds of nature: — frogs, squirrels, moving water, rain, wind, birds and matched them with visuals…there’s more to nature than meets the eye. I became intrigued with the abundance and variety of sounds that nature provides us.”


“Sounds good…sorry, but I couldn’t resist the pun.”

kj business card email

Kerry Jarvis is recently retired after 28 years at Seneca College where he was Program Co-coordinator for Event Marketing Management. He taught Marketing, Photography, Videography, and Event Management. A naturalist, educator, photographer, author, presenter, gardener and traveller, Kerry’s varied interests and background proves he loves everything in nature and he’ll go out of his way to experience and record it.





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