Seldom Seen Now

Common toad (Bufo bufo) – Poolesville, Maryland

We used to see lots of tree frogs and common toads in our yard when we first moved here in the early-1990s – lurking for unsuspecting insects in our vegetable garden and flower beds – but they began to disappear within a few years and now we rarely see them at all. This is the last large toad that I’ve been able to photograph, and that was over seven years ago. We’ve seen two or three other small amphibians since then, but none of them have been as big, beautiful, and plump as this one.

We don’t know what to attribute the decline to, because we didn’t use chemicals on our lawn, garden, or flower beds during the time that we noted the decline of their numbers in our yard. However, we do still hear peepers in distance at night, but even their welcome sound is dying down over time.

Toad – Poolesville, Maryland

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Common toad (Bufo bufo)
Poolesville, Maryland
April 2014
Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens with helical extender
Leica M240 digital rangefinder camera

Tough Decisions

Tough decisions – Gaithersburg, Maryland

It’s nearly that time again… time for the local county fair, when the very toughest decisions are those made at the food stalls in the midway. What will it be… Dynamite onion? Fried pickles? Corn dog? French fries? No? How about a fried sweet of some sort… like maybe a Snickers bar, or a chunk of fried cheesecake? That’s okay, that’s okay… take your time. You have all the time in the world. I’ll get your friends order while you make your decision… now how about you, Miss – do you know what you want?

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Tough decisions in the midway at the fair
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
Gaithersburg, Maryland
August 2014
Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens
Leica M240 digital camera