As Britain’s heatwave turns to downpours, this frog shows how to shelter from the rain using a leaf as an UMBRELLA

July 23, 2013 | by | 8 Comments

While millions of Brits swap sun hats for brollies this resourceful frog was snapped sheltering from the rain – using a leaf as an UMBRELLA.

Photographer Penkdix Palme, 27, captured the tiny tree frog during a downpour in his neighbour’s back garden.

The rain-shy amphibian clung to the stem of a green leaf for 30 MINUTES as it was lashed by an afternoon storm.

Penkdix Palme photographed the tiny tree frog sheltering from the rain in his neighbour's back garden ( Penkdix Palme / Newsteam)

Penkdix Palme photographed the tiny tree frog sheltering from the rain in his neighbour’s back garden ( Penkdix Palme / Newsteam)

In the amazing series of photographs, the two-inch high frog appears to angle the makeshift umbrella towards the direction of the fierce downpour.

Huge droplets of water gather at the bottom of the leaf and surrounding branch while the clever frog remains dry.

Penkdix, who took up photography six months ago, said he was shocked when he stumbled upon the unusual scene in his hometown of Jember, East Java, Indonesia last week.

He said: “I love to photograph frogs so when it started to rain I rushed outside to look for them.

The aquaphobic amphibian clung on to the stem of the green leaf for a staggering 30 MINUTES as it was lashed by wind and rain

The aquaphobic amphibian clung on to the stem of the green leaf for a staggering 30 MINUTES as it was lashed by wind and rain

 

The clever frog sits on a leaf as he floats in a puddle using his leaf as a brolly

The clever frog sits on a leaf as he floats in a puddle using his leaf as a brolly

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw one hugging the leaf and using it like an umbrella.

“I was a bit shocked that a frog seemed so scared of water but it was very overcast and drizzly – he must have been trying to protect himself.

“He stayed there for almost 30 minutes and hopped away after the rain stopped suddenly.

“I was happy with the shot, it looks like it was taken in the jungle but I actually took it at the bottom of my neighbour’s garden.”

Meanwhile Brits are preparing to say goodbye to the sweltering heatwave which has baked the nation for the past three weeks.

Met Office forecasters predict thundery storms will sweep across most of England until Friday, when high pressure is expected to build, creating warmer temperatures.

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  1. sheila-wallace@hotmail.com says:

    I LoVe this little guy…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Faked photos, IMO!

  3. Anonymous says:

    how to compensate photographer for use of this photo?

  4. Anonymous says:

    In the third photo, the frog is under a different leaf/ stem. Did it move? Is it the same frog?

  5. blazer48 says:

    last photo fake..
    Laughable !

    I saw the original,it wasn’t the story here…but apparently the little guy sat that way 30 minutes if believable..
    The third deserves to get the idiot fired that included it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think this is photoshopped though I hoped not. The first leaves are round and the last is long. The first 2 pictures have a longer leaf on the front end than the last picture. Sorry dude you are busted. I did put it on my desk top though.

  7. Anonymous says:

    MY NEW MASCOT!

  8. luxorion says:

    It is a fake, a photo-montage.
    See comments on National Geographic
    http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/1537637/#close-modal

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