About ntranter

After graduating from SUNY Purchase with a B.A. in Fine Arts concentration in painting in 1997, I came to New York City and became certified for desktop publishing and graphic design. I began my work experience co-managing a high-end printing house and subsequently worked as a graphic designer for high profile clients and accessory designers. My experience working with print houses, fashion houses, copy writers, photographers, account executives, industrial engineers, web site designers and marketing specialists informs my visual communication needs of clients, using a mix of creative skills and commercial awareness. If you have something to paint, pour, print, etch, sew, build, smear, or mold, I'm your gal!

Shout Out to Studio Hemoy

Graphic Designer for Studio Hemoy

for a full list of production work and graphic design check out nancytranter.com or my linkedin profile for work history

Studio Hemoy is an up and coming interior design group that has experience in property management and Interior Design. It’s always wonderful to be a graphic designer for a French team of interior designers. Check out their latest podcast “Les couleurs ont une influence sur notre humeur, notre performance, notre productivité, notre bien-être, notre qualité de travail Notre environnement immédiat influence l’esprit des gens. Que ce soit par l’aspect visible (rangé ou désorganisé), ou par l’aspect plus invisible à première vue comme les couleurs”

rose quartz bracelet gold by nancy tranter
the advertisement that i’m in for instagram

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Holiday Catering Near Me Charcuterie Hacks

How to Find Catering that is Available on Holidays : A Cheat Sheet for Home Holiday Cooks

When the holiday season rolls around, you know it’s time to pull out your calendars and start preparing the family gathering. Your family appreciates these holiday get-togethers that allow them to talk, eat, and drink. It’s an excellent way to end the year on a positive note.

Your holiday preparation should begin with delicious foods and drinks. The most challenging part of preparing a party is deciding what to serve. Some parties serve appetizers. Some serve full sit-down dinners. In contrast, others have a buffet with different stations for each food type, such as salad, meat, seafood, or dessert.

Charcuterie, Catering

Selecting a catering service for Christmas events will be one of, if not the most important thing on your to-do list. Food is what makes the winter season so fun, isn’t it? A festive meal, festive drinks, and tasty treats will leave everyone with a smile on their face.

Un-complicate your holiday preparations and save your energy spending time with your loved ones. Instead, allow yourself to relax and delegate the tedious work to the pros. For example, this Christmas, ordering your feasting platter from a catering service can be a lifesaver. She Salt Charcuterie really came through this season. 

You don’t have to go to all the trouble to throw a memorable Holiday party for your family. All you have to do is decide what kind of food you want to serve at your party and these caterers will take care of the rest.

Shout Out to the She Salt Charcuterie They are located in:

She Salt Charcuterie
Instagram @shesaltcharcuterie
Augustine Beach, FL
shesaltcharcuterie@gmail.com

#HolidayCatering #charcuterie #shesaltcharcuterie #beachfood #stressmas

Pantone Color of the Year 2022, 17-3938 Very Peri, Graphic Designers Resource

Color Trends in Design 2022

One of the color trends that we will begin to see in graphic design will be the use of something called Pantone colors. Marketing Color Consortiums drive large sections of commerce. How important is this to your art? It all depends. I tell my students that creating an original style (their unique signature) is the way to go. This includes the color palette that you have defined for yourself. You always have the choice to not use Pantone Trends and that in the end may be a better design choice. Knowing about Pantone colors is important you need to understand the industry you are designing for and not knowing about their existence is like not doing your art history homework.

Pantone Very Peri interior design living room a striking shade of periwinkle, Color of the Year 2022
Pantone Very Peri interior design living room a striking shade of periwinkle

After a year so full of ups and downs, users will want navigation experiences that are soothing colors. Therefore, the use of subtle blues, violet blues and reds will be of great importance for graphic design and will generate a great impact on users.

Detailed Color Analysis Series Very Peri

Color trends in graphic design 2022 Flat colors

2021 has shown us that we spend more and more time on our cell phones, computers, and tablets. The use of flat colors will guarantee the comfort of our eyes. Simple, subtle, fresh and natural designs that facilitate online navigation for a long time.

Motion Graphics

Whether you’re walking past a digital billboard, scrolling through a website, or navigating an app, we see more and more motion design at the moment. And most people in the profession believe this can only be a good thing. Static graphics have a way of being overlooked. The constant drive of digital platforms for something fresh and the rise of virtual reality have brands finding new ways of living online. The new possibilities and opportunities using motion and animation are becoming a better way to tell a story to sell a brand.

#graphicdesign #design #pantone2022 #veryperi  #pantonecoloroftheyear

Henri Matisse Cut Outs and How He Carved into Color

The resilience of Henri Matisse cut outs as he deals with chronic pain in his later years

Henri Matisse cut outs came about because chronic illness had made painting more difficult. The painter made his name by putting brush to canvas and when he no longer had eye muscle and proper hand-coordination, he made his mark all over again by putting scissors to paper. A flickery home movie of an elderly Henri Matisse shows the artist in a hurry with his giant scissors, cutting asymmetrical, floppy leaf forms out of paper. He compared cutting to the feeling of flying. He enjoyed being able to move them around to contemplate their respective positions within his composition.

Henri Matisse in studio working with cutouts
Henri Matisse in his studio with assistants who would cut rectangular sheets of paper from large rolls

Henri Matisse cut outs technique may have originated from his influence growing up in a textile region in France. The paper cut-outs have a dressmaker’s pattern influence. The studio that he worked in had many textiles for inspiration surrounding him. There was an exhibit that became the source for my idea for this relationship called Matisse: The Fabric of Dreams: His Art and His Textiles JUNE 23–SEPTEMBER 25, 2005 at the Met. It features forty-five painted works and thirty-one drawings and prints displayed alongside examples from Matisse’s personal collection of fabrics, costumes, and carpets. That exhibition marked the first public showing of Matisse’s textile collection—referred to by the artist as his “working library”—which has been packed away in family trunks since Matisse’s death in 1954. According to his grandson Paul, he enjoyed using the cutout technique right up unto the end of his life.

“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success”

Henri Matisse
Henri Matissein bed at studio composing cutout pieces with long stick

It was noted by friends, family, and colleagues that Matisse had an intensity about him and that he loved to work. He could not stop creating no matter what his physical condition. A type of wilfulness that is indispensable when producing commissioned artwork while in chronic pain.

Henri Matisse The Parakeet and the Mermaid, c. 1952
The Parakeet and the Mermaid, c. 1952

Henri Matisse Cut Outs Paint Process

The color on his cut-outs was produced using gouache—a water-based, opaque, quick-drying, matte paint that consists of pigment, binder, and often a white pigment or filler to increase opacity. Matisse purchased a wide range of colors at supply houses in Paris and Nice, choosing tubes based on color and freshness. Studio assistants cut rectangular sheets of paper from large rolls. Gouache, thinned with water, was applied to paper and then weighted until dry. Some sheets had a more dense application of gouache and some more visibly retained the brushstrokes.

Matisse’s Cut Out

Source: MOMA, CBS this morning Meggie Miao, Mike Levine, SUNY Purchase

Irish Eggs (Scottish Eggs), A Classic Irish Dish

This Irish Egg recipe came from Clodagh McKenna in her book Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen. This recipe was Scrumptious. The heartiest meal that I have had in months. Packed with protein that will last in your body for a long time. Irish Eggs are best paired with something lite. I paired mine with an arugula and artichoke salad or perhaps you might try a pickled slaw on the side that would make a perfect match! Her recipe calls for blood sausage that sounds divine and traditional however it was not available in my local market. My substitute was Italian Sweet Sausage that worked out great!

Scotch Eggs just before frying
Scotch Eggs photo by Nancy Tranter
Scotch Eggs photo by Nancy Tranter
Scotch Eggs photo by Nancy Tranter recipe by Clodagh McKenna

Irish Egg Tips

  1. Wet hands before molding meat patties. I had a little bowl nearby for dipping my hands in.
  2. I highly suggest the use of the dry hand – wet hand technique for coating eggs. That way you can avoid battered fingers.

Popularity of Irish Eggs

According to YouGov, Irish Eggs or Scotch eggs were found to be among Britain’s least liked foodstuffs in 2019. However in 2020, following controversy as to whether Scotch eggs were considered a substantial meal necessary for pubs, cafés, and restaurants to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic, more people began to buy the hearty big egg.

History of Scotch Eggs

The earliest known published recipe titled Scottish eggs dates to 1807. Maria Ketelby Rundell’s version published that year is found verbatim in several cookbooks from that period time. “Boil hard five pullet’s eggs, and without removing the white, cover completely with a fine relishing forcemeat in which let scraped ham or chopped anchovy bear a due proportion. Fry a beautiful yellow-brown, and serve with a good gravy in the dish.” The origin of the dish is hotly debated by culinary enthusiasts. It ranges from a claim by Fortnum & Mason of London that they invented the dish in 1738 and served it to the Prince of Wales and the Royal family regularly. Another theory as to their origin begins much earlier in India. In the very early 1600s, the East Indian Company was formed and trade began between the British and India. Some believe Scotch eggs evolved from an Indian dish called Nargisi Kofta, which is made by wrapping hard-boiled eggs in minced lamb and cooking them. 

source: @clodagh_mckenna, yougov, wiki, A Caledonian Feast by Annette Hope

Vector Mandala Digital Art Designs

Vector Mandala Digital Art file Motif (Digital File) http://ow.ly/nxgW50ExgKb Contains everything you need to start creating beautiful mandala art serpentine designs

Vector Mandala Digital Art Design is available for purchase at nancystoreonline.comThe Mandala evokes the collective archetype of the circle, with no beginning, no end. It is inclusive, as Egypt’s richly polytheistic culture tended to accommodate, rather than to exclude. The mandala is found universally; All cultures use the circle in their art and religious symbolism. The circle is inherent in the human unconscious.

A colorful tibetan mandala in a monastery
a colorful tibetan mandala in a monastery

INCLUDED WITH THE PURCHASE OF THIS LISTING OF Vector Mandala Digital Art:

Perfect for logos, posters, print advertisements and on the web. Complex complementary color palette.The Borders and frames have a unique design, and can easily be adapted to fit any rectangular or square shape. Some designs are 100% vector and have editable strokes which allow you to change the weight/thickness of the lines.

Vector Mandala Digital Art Designs by Motif Artist Nancy Tranter


FEATURES: contains 8 file format mandala design 
AI, PDF, EPS, JPEG, PNG, SVG, DXF, WMF
– High Resolution 800 dpi scalable vector format- 300 DPI for photographs- AI format Adobe Illustrator required for editing or compatible software that would accept an AI file
copywrite law: You are not allowed to claim this file as your own or resell the files.
Can be used for Commercial reasons. The licensed asset can appear in up to 5,000 end products for sale :
-Up to 5,000 physical or artistic design digital end products for sale-One business social media account owned and managed by the licensee-Unlimited physical advertisements for local markets-Digital paid advertisements with unlimited impressions-Broadcast and streaming for up to 500,000 lifetime viewersCannot be used for:-Native apps, web apps, or games
For more mandala art designs to purchase check out my nancystoreonline.com

click here to check out my fiber arts

source: my friends wedding, Jung, Ogden Goelet vectordesigns #middleeastern #egyptian #vector #motif #mandala #red #purple #weddinginvite #digitalfile #serpentine #egyptianmandala #blogging

Gluten Free Cookie Recipe: How to Make The Best Rainbow Spiral Cookies

These gluten free rainbow cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level recipe by nancy tranter

Out of all the gluten free cookie recipes the Rainbow Spiral Cookie is the best. These colorful swirled cookies will take your gluten free sugar cookie recipe game to a whole new level! They are made just like a jelly roll cake. All you do is roll and slice away.

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups of one to one gluten free flour baking mix (I get the best gluten free flour at nuts.com)
rainbow non pareils
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple food coloring

Instructions


1. Mix together granulated sugar, confectioner’s sugar, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the egg and vanilla extract. Set both bowls aside.
2. Beat the butter with an electric mixer until pale light and fluffy. Add the sugar mixture and whip until you know their are air bubbles -light and fluffy. Gradually add the flour and mix until just combined.
3. Divide the dough into 2 balls and set one ball aside this will be your white spiral. Divide the other ball into 6 pieces and dye each the color of the rainbow or any color combo you see fit.

These gluten free rainbow cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level recipe by nancy tranter


4. Create two layers. the uncolored dough on top of a silicone sheet rolled out into a 10 x 12 inch rectangle. Roll each colored ball of dough into a long sausage shape and line them up  on another silicone sheet 10 x 12 inch. Gently press together and place another silicone sheet on top. Roll out into a rectangle. Stack the sheets and put in fridge for 1 hour.


5. Remove uncolored dough silicone top. Flip the rainbow dough on top of the uncolored dough. Trim the edges. Position the dough with the long edge facing you and roll the dough away into a spiral. Wrap with silicone sheet or plastic wrap and place in freezer for one hour.


6. Slice the dough into 1/4 inch thick slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325*F for 15 minutes, until the edges are golden. Cool for a few minutes and enjoy. Absolutely the best gluten free cookies.

If you like this gluten free baking recipe check out my Lane Cake an American Classic

These gluten free rainbow cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level recipe by nancy tranter
These gluten free rainbow cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level recipe by nancy tranter
These gluten free rainbow cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level recipe by nancy tranter

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Decorating for Easter Try Pysanky an Overview on How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Pysanky, these Ukrainian Easter eggs are decorated using the wax-resist (batik) method. Covered in stunning motifs often taken from Slavic folk art

Pysanky (plural form of pysanka) is from the Ukrainian word “pysaty” meaning “to write.” Pysanky eggs are hand-drawn creations—first in pencil using guidelines to section off eggshells into a grid pattern, and then with detail within the grid. Afterward, pencil lines are covered with beeswax using a stylus or writing pen called a kistka and dipping in dyes of progressively darker shades. Similar to the batik work done on fabric. The last step is to remove the wax with a candle flame to reveal the beautiful design hidden beneath. 

Pysanky Ukrainian egg decorating. Authentic Ukraine O. Yasinska & I. Fediv pysanka
Ukrainian egg decorating
Authentic Ukraine O. Yasinska & I. Fediv

But the intricacy of the design is not the only thing that makes a pysanka beautiful. Even simple patterns can be just as striking as detailed ones. The key to beautiful traditional decorating for easter pysanka is symmetry and precision (although symmetry does not always play a role in contemporary patterns). By precision, I mean that the design is drawn within a grid that has been laid out meticulously, I use a lathe and see-through the ruler/stencil for drawing circles. If a pysanky is only divided in half, each half will measure exactly. Similarly, in quadrants, each will measure the same. The entire design, whether simple or detailed, depends on these first measurements to be exact. This is especially important if the egg will be very intricate.

If you have decorated an egg, then you have participated in one of the oldest decorative arts. Archaeologists have long known of egg art if the form of decorated ostrich shell pieces and empty eggs in Africa of great antiquity, found in tombs or archaeological digs, but they did not know how old this custom was. In 2010 an important find was announced that a team led by Pierre-Jean Texier found a cache of decorated ostrich eggs in layers in South Africa dating from 65,000 to 55,000 years before the present.[1]  They had been whole shells but crushed into fragments over time. These eggs were likely used for storing water, as hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari desert do even today. It is speculated that the designs might have been the mark of individual owners of the shells.  An interesting find was that the scratched decorations on the eggs changed over time. Earlier eggs had cross-hatched designs that looked like railroad tracks. Later designs used finer parallel scratches inside of lines. Archaeologists have unearthed ceramic decorated eggs in Ukraine dating circa 3,000 B.C. For those ancients worshiping the sun god Dazhboh, decorated eggs were an affirmation of spring following a harsh winter. The eggs were also considered protection against illness and other forms of misfortune.

When Ukrainians adopted Christianity in circa 988, the practice of easter egg decorations continued but with the focus on Easter. Every egg coloring design has meaning. In the first century A.D. Christians took the ancient legend of the phoenix (one symbol of the sun to the Egyptians) as a sign of the resurrection[i]; in illustrations the bird stands on the egg from which it has risen. Hence, the Easter egg. The first color used to dye Easter eggs was red, symbolizing blood and its life-giving qualities. For several centuries early Christians observed all the traditional Jewish festivals, and thus Easter and Passover coincided. Colored eggs are also used in some Passover celebrations, but whether it was a tradition borrowed from Christianity or not remains a mystery. In ancient China eggs, dyed scarlet, were given as gifts in the spring. A circle represents the sun and integrity, also nature’s triumph over evil. Dots stand for the future. A star or “rosetta” is used to convey life itself, the source of light, beauty and perfection. Triangles are air, fire and water. Straight lines indicate eternal life.

There is meaning to the colors, too. White represents purity, birth, light and rejoicing. Green is fertility and hopefulness, the sun and life’s joys. Purple means faith, trust and patience. Black symbolizes constancy, eternity and the dark before dawn. Throughout history, eggs have been at various times magical, protective, divine — even evil, and they are an obvious fertility symbol. In Buddhist, Taoist and certain Russian rituals they are offered to the dead as representations of the revitalizing powers of nature. 

I think the best learning egg dyeing videos are from Lorie Powpow master pasanky artist. Some tips of mine for in addition to Lorie are: 1) Double down on yellow aniline dye, 2) use a 1 tsp citric acid and 4oz of distilled water and submerge egg for 15min to remove egg membrane and make a perfect canvas, 3) use magic eraser Mr Clean sponge and a drop of water to remove pencil lines never use a rubber eraser. 4) if you love it invest in an electric kistka (wax pen). 

How to draw pysanky designs. Here below is a step by step illustration for a few easter egg designs for pdf download. 

pysanky pysanka wax-resist (batik) Here below is a step by step illustration for a few easter egg designs for pdf download. 

For more detail on pysanky using natural dyes and other egg decorating techniques and folklore see the pamphlet “Egg Art,” Library of Congress American Folklife Center (1982).

Pysanky sculpture was commissioned by the town of Vegreville, in the Canadian province of Alberta noted for its high Ukrainian Canadian population
The sculpture was commissioned by the town of Vegreville, in the Canadian province of Alberta noted for its high Ukrainian Canadian population. In order to obtain funding for it, the town applied for a federal government grant and was eventually able to obtain some funding, but only if the sculpture was dedicated to the 1975 centennial of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Vegreville received a grant to construct the egg, a nod at Ukrainian culture in Canada,and specifically at early Ukrainian settlements east of Edmonton, Alberta

The current Pysanka Museum building was built in 2000 in the western Ukrainian city of KolomyiaIvano-Frankivska Oblast. Previously the pysanka collection had been housed in the Kolomyia church of the Annunciation. The museum is part of the National Museum of Hutsulshchyna and Pokuttya Folk Art. The central part of the museum is in the shape of a pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg). This is the only museum in the world dedicated to the pysanka, and it has become a calling card of the city. In August 2007 the museum was recognized as a landmark of modern Ukraine.

Pysanky Pysanka Museum building was built in 2000 in the western Ukrainian city of Kolomyia, Ivano-Frankivska Oblast.

The video below is how I set up batik dyeing.

Pysanky supply shopping hollow blown out goose egg for purchase
Pysanky electric kiska for purchase

Egg Art by Visual Artist Nancy Tranter

Pysanky easter egg art Four Seasons by visual artist Nancy Tranter
Pysanky Egg Art by Visual Artist Nancy Tranter
pasanka wax resist batik multiple eggs
Pysanky Egg Art by Visual Artist Nancy Tranter
pasanka wax resist batik wolf
Pysanky Egg Art by Visual Artist Nancy Tranter
pasanka wax resist batik multiple designs
Pysanky Egg Art by Visual Artist Nancy Tranter
pasanka wax resist batik flower design egg on plate

source: So Jeo, Laurie Popow, Luba Perchyshyn, Gail Lamba, Texier, Pierre-Jean, Library of Congress cataloging Slavic materials, St. Clement of Rome, First Epistle to the Corinthians, Euromaidan Press, Slavko Nowytski, Authentic Ukraine O. Yasinska & I. Fediv, wikipedia.org

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Tiaras Baroque ELIZABETH Vintage Swarovski Crystal Wedding Crown

It’s no mystery that graphic designers wear many hats to get the job done. I fell into a side hustle of jewelry design and after some time taking care of an 8 and 10-year-old princess, crowns became a big thing. So I got to thinking and before you know it partnered up with a factory called CAFFEINE and created one. Introducing the ELIZABETH crown. A new product was created in collaboration with CAFFEINE Factory. We created some vintage-style baroque crowns inspired by Northwest European culture. Gold and diamond Swarovski crystal crown. The tiara is suitable for weddings or other celebrations, princesses, pageants, bridesmaids. Fabulous crown. Has a great weight and a lot of sparkles! A truly stunning tiara full of beautiful detailing with varying-sized crystals. Timelessly elegant, and breathtakingly gorgeous piece using the best materials available very high quality. nancystoreonline.com

 Elizabeth Crown by Nancy Tranter
Tiaras Baroque ELIZABETH Vintage Swarovski Crystal Wedding Crown

3 Sites to Help You Become an Expert at Computer Repair Turning Geek Into Chic Everyday

Tips About Computer Repair because of a Broke Down Graphics Day

This is a story about computer repair while in the Central Swartekill Wetlands. Once in a while, you find yourself in a remote region with little access to amenities. I was exploring the Swarte Kill in New York. Central Swartekill Wetland (also known as Plutarch Swamp), is one of the more beautiful regions that I don’t think too many people know about. All along Plutarch Rd is a heavily dense wild natural region with an abundance of wildlife, a bird migration route, different types of Red Hawk raptor and, an environmentally protected snapping turtle region, with additional rare species.

 

plutarch swamp -David Jakim and Lawrence McGlinn, Geography, SUNY-New Paltz,

I was set up in a cabin about to edit the pictures for the day and my cord dies. Then my backup cord dies and I have about 2 hours left before my laptop shuts down. 

Being a hardened graphic designer who was used to the speed of being in a NYC “graphics ring” I quickly McGuivered a power cord.

If you read any basic electronic manual, you’ll notice that an anti-static wrist strap is one of the first things that they recommend. But it’s often the most neglected. If you plan on doing any work with your electronics, you should make sure that you pick one up.

computer repair static wrist guard

I pried open the shell casing with a spudger, then I used a Satco 90-099 Chain Pliers to open it up further.

plastic spudgers for computer repair
computer repair chain pliers for power cord

Then I frankensteined. Swapping all the working parts around, playing with a soldering tool, and triple-checking polarities.

computer repair soldering tool

So glad it works. I wonder if I can stick computer repair under my resume. At the very least I can maintain my equipment in a pinch. The motherboard is certified apple OEM, and the cords are from Hong Kong. 

  1. IFIXIT this is the closest manual instructions for repair that I could find. Ifixit is a place that has repair guides for every thing, written by everyone. This is my favorite site for computer repair.
  2. Lifehacker’s Top 10 Computer Hardware Fixes and Upgrades These fixes or upgrades are easy enough for most of us to do.
  3. Macrumors News, rumors, discussions, a place to ask questions and how to instructions.

Upon completion of my computer repair I returned to my nature project of taking pictures of wildlife and making color studies of Plutarch Swamp

Vernal Pools and What I Learned from Observing Like an Artist.

spotted salamander photo courtesy of Cornell University
Spotted Salamander
Grey Treefrog photo courtesy of Cornell University
Grey Treefrog camouflaged resting against tree trunk

The most important thing about Plutarch Swamp are the Vernal pools. They are a common, but threatened habitat type in the Hudson River Estuary corridor. They are often damaged because they are overlooked or not appreciated by landowners, or in environmental reviews for development. Vernal pools and their surrounding terrestrial areas provide critical habitat for a number of amphibians and invertebrates, some of which breed only in vernal pools. Vernal pools are the only significant breeding areas for Jefferson salamander, spotted salamander, marbled
salamander, and wood frog. Other typical users include spring peeper, spadefoot toad,
gray treefrog, American toad, and other amphibians that depend on pond habitats for
reproduction.

Spring peeper -photo provided by cornell university
Spring Peeper Frog

source: Jakim and McGlinn Geography SUNY-New Paltz, IFIXIT, eekwi.org, New York Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, some photo credits by Adirondack Council and Cornell university