"People from a planet without flowers
would think we must be mad with joy the whole time
to have such things about us."
~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Camo Toad

I saw movement in the weeds next to the raised bed in the vegetable garden.
I stepped back in quick reaction and then took a closer look.
My eyes didn't focus at first. I thought I saw a rock below the stinging nettles. Then, slowly, a shape appeared.
I looked closer...
There, under the weeds, in between the dirt and rocks, was a toad. This toad was the same color as the dirt. He was so camouflaged that I almost didn't see him.
He was "walking" not hoping and he had warts, so I think he was a small toad.
 Amazing, how this little creature blended in with his surroundings. Another phenomena of Mother Nature... another lesson that we can learn about being who we are and living within the confines of our nature.

18 comments:

Brian Miller said...

true on the wisdom gleened...we used to get them coming up from the lake all the time growing up...had one as a pet for a bit...

susanc said...

Beautiful toad ~ they are amazing creatures!

Chef E said...

Would it be related if I told you we were having frog legs for dinner? The toad might not like the news, but bull frogs make such a fuss at night near the ponds and lakes of my youth...

Lovely pic and post as usual...

joanne said...

he so cute...warts and all! Looks like you are having lovely Spring weather. *sigh*

Love your new header. How do you get the photo centered? Mind is always way too big and over to the side. another *sigh*

Madeline's Album said...

It is truly remarkable how mother nature keeps Gods small creatures out of harms way. Great photos. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

thecrazysheeplady said...

Excellent find!

Tombstone Livestock said...

I have tons of those toads, keep thinking I will have my own "frog" jumping contest. Be careful if you have dogs that the dogs don't touch them, they are not poisonous but they are toxic .... one of my dogs got ahold of one a few years ago and kept foaming at the mouth.
Guess they don't taste as good as the dog thought.

Nancy K. said...

There is a HUGE toad that lives all summer in my "hose box" by my house. I think he likes it because it's always shaded and the ground is cooler there because it's near the water faucet. When ever I open the box to unwind the hose, I always say "Hello Mr. Toad!".

Roslyn said...

DO only small toads have "warts" Farmlady? I don't know much about them, I only know about the nasty ones in Queensland, called Cane Toads & they are terrible pests.
God must have had a purpose for them all, including those rattlers!

gz said...

a beautiful garden friend

Dirt Lover said...

Love the wisdom gleaned. It is quite amazing that something can blend into their surroundings as well as that. Beautiful pictures!
~~Lori

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Yes isn't nature amazing in how she dresses things! And Farmlady is amazing as well for being able to see this toad in his disguise! I can't wait for spring to come...I've heard the spring peeper frogs but only when it's warmer...what do they do when the frost comes? Crawl back to where it's warmer I suppose.
Nice new header!

Suz said...

I had a visit from my toad just the other day...and it was joy
to see him.... healthy garden

Anne@A Little Fur in the Paint said...

Great post, Lovely blog! I'm a new follower!
Best,
Anne ♥♥

Dianne said...

Oh, he's actually cute! I didn't see him at first either but then I did. I love how he is blends in so well...

Reddirt Woman said...

I love when I make small discoveries like this little toad when I would work out in the garden. Just the other day while cleaning a flower bed I ran across what I at first thought was a garden snake. After Carol was snake bit a couple of years ago when we lived farther out in the country I wanted to catch that critter and make sure it wasn't poisonous. Turned out when I caught it it was a young mountain boomer lizard. Needless to say, I tucked him back in the garden under one of our decorative logs.
They are great bug catchers.

Debora said...

That's the wartiest today I've ever seen! Nature has done a wonderful job of protecting that little guy!

Debora said...

That's the wartiest today I've ever seen! Nature has done a wonderful job of protecting that little guy!