First published: 17-Mar-2012
It’s that time of year again where you have to watch where you put your feet otherwise you might squash a toad. I was out and about with the camera today and ended up at Loch Ruthven. Always a good place to find common toads. They are starting to come out, but they are not very active yet.
I managed to get some nice shots of a toad in a little stream. I was happy to find out that my new waterproof trousers are truly waterproof for a change. However, the water was slowly streaming into the sleaves of my coat. Getting at eye level with toads can be difficult at the best of times, but when they are in the water it complicates matters even further. I was trying to get as low an angle as possible. The tip of my lens was submerged in the water now and again. Not the most elegant method of photography. A couple of people came to check out why I was lying half in a water stream.
The toads always seem to like the paths. Some were half dug into the path underneath some leaves. Not the safest place to be. You have to put your feet down slowly so that you can see something stirring before it’s too late. I really like photographing toads close up. I can get very close with my 17-70mm lens and sometimes there is less than a centimeter between the lens and the toad. Not the prettiest creatures, but those protruding orange eyes and that disapproving mouth are so photogenic.