We humans experience all sorts of emotions and feelings, such as love, joy, happiness etc. Some of the feelings we have, we all can relate to. For example, the calm feeling of warmth you get when you snuggle up to the one you love or someone you care for. Have you ever wondered if animals and insects also know what that feeling feels like?
You are not alone. Ajar Setiadi has been interested in the secret lives of wild animals and reptiles since a young boy. His passion for exploring the deeper world of wild animals and reptiles living near his home in Bogor, Indonesia, sparked a new hidden talent.
He was inspired to pick up a camera years ago in an attempt to document the unique snakes, frogs, lizards, birds and insects which he would spend several hours watching and admiring.
After spending several hours a day behind the lens of his camera, Setiadi developed his talent for capturing these secretive little animals in emotional, almost human moments which many of us never get to see.
One of his favourite animals to watch and take snaps of when it starts raining, is the little white tree frogs, also known as dumpy tree frogs, who usually comes to take cover under the vegetation.
Back in February when Setiadi was outside during a rain storm, he noticed two adorable frogs caught in the moment. One frog was sweetly shielding another from the rain fall while seeking shelter under a flower umbrella.
He immediately snapped a photo of the sweet moment and immediately knew that he captured something special. Maybe showing that other animals have emotions and cute moments just like we do. “I could only get a few frames because this moment can't be repeated,” Setiadi said.
Capturing these magical interactions and moments takes a lot of patience, which to Setiadi it’s always worth it. “I let the animals act. I'm just waiting for the best moment.”
And Setiadi doesn’t mind getting a little damp if it means witnessing nature at its best.