Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Leap Toad


I am always alarmed when I see my toad on the move.  (I call him my toad because I kidnapped transported him here from the country.)
I would like him to stay safe and hide, but instead here he is, big old brown toad sitting in the middle of my pale grey stone steps.


It turns out I had interrupted him in the middle of an expedition.
He watched me for a moment and when I didn't move,
continued on with his plans.


I couldn't believe it when he launched himself up my front steps!
(Am I the only one who didn't know toads can climb?)


A quick check to make sure I have not moved.


Followed by a moment of hesitation
(no doubt making some last minute calculations)
for the giant leap right into my potted plant!


It took me a few minutes to find him, from above he's hardly visible.


And finally, here he is, all settled in his new home.
He may not look it, but I believe he is quite happy :)

16 comments:

  1. Rosemary!
    Your frog - toad looks very beautiful.
    Wonderful photos.

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    1. That's a great idea Sharon, I'm going to call him Champ, short for Samuel de Champlain, a fearless explorer who founded New France and Quebec City.

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  3. You are an AWESOME photographer. I think toads have so much personality. We just had to rescue one from our window well. He was jumping at the glass trying to get in...It was funny, but also heart wrenching to know he would die if he couldn't get out.

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    1. Thanks Amy, I agree with you, there's something so "old man" about their faces :) When they make their home in your garden, it feels like such an honour. I'm glad you were able to help out the toad! Thanks for stopping by. Happy writing!

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  4. Cute! I find very few toads, so I understand how special this one is - and why you would kidnap him! Actually, I hope he is a she, and that she is finding a spot for laying toad eggs!

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    1. Oooo, I hope he's a she as well, what can be cuter than baby toads!!!

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  5. I agree with the comment above....you need a name for your new buddy. Beautiful toad. Hope he does well around your pond and flowers. Hope s/he finds a safe place to call settle down and enjoy the protected life:) Wonderful pics of your new friend.

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    1. I'm going to call him Champ from now on! (shortened name for the explorer Samuel de Champlain) He's gotten so big in just one summer I can hardly wait to see him in the spring :)

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  6. Ohhh I love your Toud, Rosemary!
    It makes my smile...
    Greetings Anna :))

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    1. He makes me smile as well, thanks Anna :)

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  7. omg - I loove this so much! I find toads fascinating, and this little story is so cute! Love that you captured the whole thing, even his quick check up on you glance. So awesome!

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    1. Thanks Terry, hope to see you at another conference soon! Keep on writing :)

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  8. Pan Ropuch to turysta:)) Przyjechał na wczasy:)
    Lubię czytać Twoje teksty, zawsze pośmieję!

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Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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