Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tiny Backyard Visitor

Yesterday morning I mowed the back lawn, and afterwards I let the dogs out so they could play.  As I opened the back door, Pixie charged out and almost immediately stopped to sniff something fascinating on the door mat.  I shooed her away when I realized it was a teeny, tiny little frog.  Or toad, I guess I should say.  I couldn't believe how small it was.  It was the cutest thing I'd ever seen!  It instantly reduced me to mental baby-talk. "Awww, awen't you just the cutest wittle toady-woady?"  I ran inside to grab my camera and I shot several pictures of it.  It didn't move a muscle, even when I had it on my macro setting and had the camera right on top of it.  If it wasn't for his little sides moving in and out as it breathed, I might have wondered it if were still alive.  I guess it didn't find me very intimidating. Must have been the baby talk.  There is a small chance I had one of those "Did I say that out loud?" moments. 

Anyway! Moving on.

I wanted to get a shot that would give a sense of scale, so I went back inside to get a dime to place next to it.  The little toad was still there when I got back, although it did eventually make one huge hop as I fussed with the right placement of the dime.  But then it sumbitted to my photo shoot again.  Don't you love it when nature is so accommodating? 


  1. Looks like a Southern toad (bufo terrestris), but I'm not sure. He's VERY small for that species. Maybe it's a baby. I don't know my toads that well. Or yours, for that matter.

  2. My daughter finds those when we go fishing in turtle pond. Tiny little babies... so CUTE! Your pictures turned out really nice!

  3. Marvin - I'm pretty sure it's a baby. Normally the toads that look like this are much bigger.

    Katherine - Thanks! I love the macro setting on my camera.

  4. What a cute little guy!
    Saw you post over at Kathy's and wanted to see a tiny backyard visitor. Well worth the visit!

  5. Cats~Goats~Quotes - Thanks for visiting! He is pretty cute, huh? I still can't over how itty bitty he is.