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It's called camouflage!

By AnnJ
While tidying up the garden I found this little fellow, rushed inside to get my camera, then spent hours trying to find him again, so great was his camouflage!! He was very very small! You might like to look at the large version of this to see him!

I was able to use a comparatively slow shutterspeed as he must have been holding his breath!

Not sure if the closer up shot, ie V2 is better?

Thank you for looking and really appreciate any comments. Ann.

Ann

Tags: Scotland Wildlife Nature General Toad Camouflage Garden Reptile Close-up and macro

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Comments


11 Jun 2013 10:06PM
Well spotted and captured Ann, super image,
Fred.

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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
11 Jun 2013 10:09PM
You could so easily have trodden on him so well camouflaged he is amongst that leaf litter, but instead you found him and captured him: V 2 is good for close-in detail but V 1 shows the better how he blends in with the surrounding colours.........so 1/2 vote to each.
Ronnie.
11 Jun 2013 10:28PM
I like the close up in V2, but like Ronnie I think V1 shows him better blending into his surroundings so I think V1 takes it for me. Both excellent shots though, lovely focus on the eye Grin

Jules
Irishkate Plus
5 38 98 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 10:51PM
V1 tells the story but V2 is better from the perfect image pov.
KateGrinGrinGrin
Great capture and photos, Ann. Some people find toads somehow ugly or repulsive. I did a group of toad photos that I uploaded a few days ago. I love yours. He(she?) does have lovely eyes. There is a story that the skin on some toads is psychoactive, and here is a story from All Things Considered on NPR, a driveway moment, as it turned out, and one of the funniest things I have ever heard on the radio, about a dog who becomes addicted to sucking on toads.....

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6376594

Worth a listen and laugh.

Peter
12 Jun 2013 1:35AM
V2 for me Ann...superb photography.
John
12 Jun 2013 3:29AM
And you spotted it. Good for you. Great images.......Sandy
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
12 Jun 2013 5:46AM
Excellent images Ann !! I tried to see your reflection in its eye in V2 but could not Smile
netta1234 Plus
4 354 2 Wales
12 Jun 2013 6:32AM
Great images with good eye contactSmile
NettaSmile
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 56 13 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 7:21AM
A nice image Ann, well spotted and capturedSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff
12 Jun 2013 7:52AM
I am surprised you saw this one....
two great shots. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
capto Plus
4 3.9k 8 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 5:25PM
Well seen, nice to see it in a natural setting.Smile

ivor
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 6:49PM
Both good Ann
12 Jun 2013 9:44PM
He can not exist without the camouflage ... Too many enemies are around him!Smile
Regards Valery
AnnJ Plus
4 5 Scotland
12 Jun 2013 10:22PM
I am so pleased that so many people have recognised the importance of this toad's camouflage.

It is not so much of an image of a toad, as of a wild animal in its natural enviornment. I was privileged to be lying on my stomach facing a tiny toad, so afraid that he kept so still, and I tried to keep equally still, so as not to break the magic of the moment.

Nature photography is what this is all about. Humans are always going to be the winners if they obey the rules.

Thsank you for looking,
Ann.
carper123 Plus
4 920 8 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2013 7:51PM
Two super variants, Ann, v1 for me, great title as well. Nice work.
Well done.
Darryl. x SmileSmile
18 Jun 2013 6:32PM
Wow What stunning detail great shots
mike
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 11:29AM
A very nice set of images..

Dacve

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