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Aug 29, 2008

Toad Away




Well this is the last of the critters from my trip. I had hoped to have more critters but they just weren't there. Although, I will have a post about the doe that my son helped feed a bit later. I was disappointed that I did not see more birds and such, they just were not in to mood to be seen or when they were visible it was so fast that you did not have the time to move the camera into position before they were out of sight again. I could hear them everywhere and I think that is why I was so disappointed that I didn't see many of them. This toad is actually a little toad that we saw on the trip home. He was in the rocks at the gas station that we had to pull over in because my baby was hungry and since we switched him to the big boy car seat he doesn't do well drinking his bottle without someone holding it. He sits up more in the seat and doesn't tip the bottle back far enough. Needless to say we have a mess right now when he does it himself. Now that I have bored you with that bit of information let's get back to the toad. At first I thought he might be one of the rocks so I had my two cousins go over and check it out, sure enough I was right he was a toad and not a rock. So my youngest cousin picked him up and hence we have her hand in the picture. This is the second toad that I have seen this year but I have to admit I don't really look for frogs and toads. At least not yet I don't. I remember growing up I saw them everywhere. We lived next to a crick (drainage ditch). It actually ran right through our backyard cutting it in half well actually it cut the back yard up so that we had one fourth of the yard behind the house and three fourths of the back yard on the other side. We actually owned one of the largest lots on the street but it seemed so much smaller because the majority of our yard was not easily accessible. The way the crick ran through there was actually room to have put another house on the land between the house on the west side of us and us but the crick would have ran in the front yard so we each had a lot and a half of land. But now that I said all that we would have frogs and toads all around when I was younger. I loved hearing the bullfrogs growing up. And as I was searching for the type of toad this was I realized listening to the sounds that some of the noise I remember from childhood were actually from the frogs and toads and not the cicada bugs like I had thought they always were. Oh and I found out this is an American Toad.

The sign is from the Sarett Nature Center and the toad was found at the Galesburg gas station exit 85 off I-94. I loved the sign when I saw it and thought I would share it with you. Also if you hadn't figured it out I am a stream of conscious writer, so forgive me for my ramblings.



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23 comments:

ratmammy said...

great photo!

bobbie said...

I really love that sign. I'll have to find a place to use that one.

And your toad is pretty great too.

April said...

Funny sign :D Beautiful little toad!
Wonderful photo!

Kahshe Cottager said...

What a fun sign! It would work well in my garden here as I have found leopard frogs, grey tree frogs and toads in great abundance here this summer!

Have a wonderful weekend!
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Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi! What a cute little toad. There was one in my yard this past week. I am sure he/she will make an appearance on critters soon. I love the sign. Lisa

Kelly said...

He's a cute little frog! My kids use to play with frogs all the time, and we had a bunch! Very cute post!

i beati said...

Your header is something special and this frog -post so fun..sandy

shutterhappyjenn said...

The tummy looks interesting! And the sign was kinda funny. Great post for this week.

Here's my camera critter for this week.

Indrani said...

Cute, but I wouldn't have dared to take it inn my palms. Very daring!

Louise said...

Cute toad. Funny sign. And wow can we learn a lot from one of these stream-of-consciousness posts! Nice one!

Tootie said...

Cute sign and photo!

babooshka said...

Strange sign, but beautiful photography.

fishing guy said...

Christy: What a fat toad, I shot one the other day that a snake had half way down. You have great animal photos on your site.

Rhea said...

That's a hilarious sign. Frog parking only, others will be toad. hehe I'm going to be giggling over that one for a while.

andree said...

The sign is just terrific. (Why can't I be a pundit like that??). Great toad photo!!

Misty Dawn said...

The sign made me laugh, and the toad is the picture is so cute!

storyteller said...

What a clever sign! Thanks for sharing. My Camera Critters post is up at Small Reflections (along with a bunch of other stuph) … featuring Molly and Ms. Kitty interacting … sort of.
Hugs and blessings,

Lapa37 said...

He's a cute little fella I love the sign to.

kjpweb said...

Funny! AND a good shot! Well done!
Cheers, Klaus

People with Cameras said...

Cool photo! But I like frogs from a distance ;)

Reader Wil said...

Great pictures! Thanks for your visit!

Minkydo said...

Cute sign! Cute toad.

Critter post

zhakee said...

Toads are great critters, and that sign is great too.

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