05.07.2016 Mr. Toad

Well….it may be Ms. Toad, I’m not sure at all.  Anyway, this appears to be one unhappy toad.  Besides the stern grimace, there seems to be a middle finger thing happening as well.  Actually, several frogs and toads have one “finger” longer than the others, but considering his expression….

American-Toad-050716-960American Toadlet (he’s a youngster)-Bufo americanus (new nomencalture-Anaxyrus americanus) upon a Canada Mayflower leaf-Maianthemum canadense in my backyard.  I was photographing a new wildflower that just showed up after never being here before and this little toad hopped out from under some leaves.  After jumping away a few times, he landed on this leaf and I approached slowly and from eye level so as to not startle. To get an idea just how small he is, that’s a pine needle.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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12 Responses to 05.07.2016 Mr. Toad

  1. That’s small indeed. This toadlet doesn’t strike me as being unhappy. I guess happiness joins beauty in the eye of the beholder.

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  2. Jim Ruebush says:

    I find it amazing these creatures can survive long cold winters.

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  3. Great shot. Amazing opportunity. I’m sure you had to act quickly to get this one in time. Nice job.

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    • I was surprised at how long he sat there, David. I think they get a sense of camouflage and that sitting still will hide them. I did have to crawl closer slowly and it works much better if you are at or near eye level.

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  4. Gallivanta says:

    How tiny, indeed. Perhaps the toadlet thought it was in danger of being squished if it did not make its presence clear.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    Your ability to capture these images fascinates me. I can’t even see the big frogs — the ones that make such a splash when they hit the water. I need to enroll in Frog-Seeing 101. Still, this passage from “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” gives some comfort. Dillard writes, and makes me laugh, with this:

    ” I once spent a full three minutes looking at a bullfrog that was so unexpectedly large I couldn’t see it even though a dozen enthusiastic campers were shouting directions. Finally I asked, “What color am I looking for?” and a fellow said, “Green.” When at last I picked out the frog, I saw what painters are up against: the thing wasn’t green at all, but the color of wet hickory bark.”

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    • It takes practice to see as with all things. Of course, if one hops out from the leaves it does make seeing a little easier. Some of these critters do blend in incredibly well though and are almost impossible to pick out even when told where to look…like Steve’s lizard the other day.

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  6. Jackson says:

    Such a great image and pose, Steve! I’ve done enough toad photography to know just how difficult such a thing is. I wish I could get that good an image of our local Bufo exsul!

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    • Your Deep Springs or Black Toad is a handsome looker and I can understand the attraction. Our American Toad is quite common and widespread. They can be a challenge most of the time but occasionally sit still for a few.

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