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366 project
Soichiro Honda
rescued toad
Canon 100mm 2.8L
picture a day
Canon 5D Mark II
Pacific Northwest
366: Daily Archive Photo

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30/366: Garage Toad (+ 2 insets!)

30/366: Garage Toad (+ 2 insets!)
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In July 2013, I was in the middle of my 365 Project and on this particular day, I discovered a toad in our garage. Before releasing it, however, I could not resist taking lots of pictures! I ended up getting several very nice ones, and in the end, this one was never posted. Until today!! :)

I copied the text I wrote from that day in case you would like to read about my toad discovery and rescue. :D
July 1, 2013:
My, how plans for my 365 image can change! This morning when I went out to water the garden, the light was just beautiful and the newly blooming chicory blossoms were positively glowing. I ran inside for my camera and proceeded to take bunches of pictures. In fact, I looked through them on my computer and had my picks of the day chosen.

Before I began working on the images, I decided to go down to our garage to hop on the orbital trainer and watch a bit of Lonesome Dove. However, in the quiet parts, I kept hearing small noises... scratching? Bumping? I stopped the video and listened again. *Scratch, rustle, bump* What the heck could it be? I angled my head up and wondered if one of our dogs was scratching at their bedding. *Screech... scratch*, that sound was down here...but...where? I got off the orbital trainer and began looking around, listening for the noises. I thought that maybe a mouse was digging a hole somewhere since we have had them in the garage before. *Scratchhhh* AH HAH!! It must be the box by the refrigerator! Moving quietly, I leaned down to look inside the box. Imagine my surprise when I discovered not a mouse, not a rat, but a juvenile TOAD trying to climb out of the box that it somehow managed to jump into!!!! I could hardly believe my eyes!! The next thing that hit me was the fact that if I hadn't heard this toad scratching on the side of the box, it would have died without question because it couldn't get out. That would have broken our hearts...I was overcome by relief and joy that I found this guy before he was too exhausted to make any noise!! WHEW!!!!!

Cooing softly at the frightened and exhausted toad, "Little fella, that's no place for you!" I gently picked it up out of the box and noticed that it was positively COVERED with dog hair, YUCK! Poor guy! So I brought it inside and held it under the sink while I removed all the hairs and assorted lint stuck all over. As I cleaned my adorable little buddy up, it began trilling at me! I giggled in surprise at the cute noises it was making! Finally, the toad was clean and ready to be released...but not before I got a couple of pictures!! :D Once I took a few images, I brought the toad out to Angel's Pond and placed him on the rocky beach area to recuperate. There's a ramp to climb out if he can't hop out. I checked a couple of times today and he's hanging out in the water under the ramp where it's cool on this very hot day. I expect he'll hop out when it gets dark, as these toads are nocturnal. (By the way, this is a smaller toad than the one I've taken pictures of, it was actually in the other wading pool that I call "Lucky's Pond"! :) I thought it was really funny that there's now a toad in each pond! :D

When Steve got home from his trip into town, I told him what happened and we were both so happy that I'd found this beautiful toad in time to save it!! HOORAY FOR HAPPY ENDINGS!!! :) :) :)

Petar Bojić, Trudy Tuinstra, Ramon Hierro, and 23 other people have particularly liked this photo

24 comments - The latest ones
 Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
The texture and the eye, captured expertly!

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5 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Glorious toad and wonderful story !!

Admired in ~ I ♥ Nature
5 years ago. Edited 5 years ago.
Stormlizard club
Toad of Toad Hall, comes to mind.
Excellent photo Janet.
5 years ago.
fantastic captures and a great story, Janet! a pleasure to watch and read!
5 years ago.
 Maria W.
Maria W. club
Eksterordinare!!! :)))
5 years ago.
Wonderful close up.
5 years ago.
sasithorn_s club
Excellent detailed toad close-ups and such lovely story! I'm glad you saved him:)
5 years ago.
HelenaPF club
5 years ago.
************************************************************************Top and Superb !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5 years ago.
Annemarie club
5 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Phenomenal shots!

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5 years ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Remarquable rendu et détails..
Merci pour toutes ces informations.
5 years ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Nailed +++++++++++++ Stunning shot of this Toad. Magnificent tack sharp details. View on Black and large a must. Well done Janet. Regards Tess.
5 years ago.
Xata club
Glad you did post this great shot!
5 years ago.
 Pachelbel Canon
Pachelbel Canon
Great story and great portrait of Mr. Toad ! Wonderful lighting ....
5 years ago. Edited 5 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
What a lovely fellow! Great shot! Glad you were able to find it before it was too late!
5 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful close-up.
Congrats on Explore.
5 years ago.
 Henri Boddaerd
Henri Boddaerd
Great shiot !
5 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Well saved Janet...................and glad you got a couple of images before releasing him. Amazing shot! Not surprised you made Explore!!
5 years ago.
tiabunna club
Great shots of your little pal and an enjoyable narrative to go with them.
5 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Thank you for sharing your beautiful capture with us.

Stunning Shots on Black
5 years ago.
 David Dahle
David Dahle
Nicely done, and neat story!
5 years ago.
5 years ago.
Superbe capture !
5 years ago.

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