Don’t blink

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While exploring in Vara Blanca, Costa Rica, Your Shot photographer Sammantha Fisher captured this image of the nocturnal red-eyed tree frog. By day, these amphibians sleep stuck to leaf bottoms. When disturbed, they flash their bulging red eyes to shock predators.

“I had seen a very large waterfall from the roadway that I hoped to explore and get a better shot of,” says Fisher.  “I hiked down a hill into a heavily forested area, making it very difficult to still see the waterfall, and with the daylight fading, I decided to turn back. As I turned around a red-eyed tree frog hopped onto a leaf in front of me, staring right at me. I was able to slowly step away … lifting my camera and taking the shot before it jumped much higher to the next leaf.”

Reblogged from National Geographic