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Photo Challenge ~ Backyard Visitors – or – Mr. Toad’s Photo Shoot

My new container garden is attracting a few visitors already! I’ve seen lots of butterflies and other tiny critters fluttering about; and there is a fat little toad living in the marigolds. He seems to like spending most of his time dug down into the dirt of the marigold pot but once in a while he comes out to play. I think he has a lot of fun romping around the gravel and hanging out in the tipped over flower-pot; which is where I found him yesterday afternoon. I guess he was in the mood for a photo shoot because hung around striking one pose after another for several minutes before heading back into the marigolds.


I hope he invites a few friends to visit his summer home; I’ve heard we are expected to have a lot of bugs about over the next few months because of the mild winter.


The Two Toads

I have had some visitors in my yard lately. They hide away when the sun is out and the temperatures soar, but when it cools and we get a little rain they come out to play.

They are the cutest little toads; barely 2 inches long. They don’t like to pose for photos but I managed to get one or two OK shots.

These little visitors reminded me of a story from an old children’s book. I have no idea who wrote it but I’ve done my best to re-tell it. And the moral of the story is… your words and your actions have power. Use that power for good.

The Two Toads

A group of toads were traveling through the woods, when two of them fell into a deep pit. When the others saw how deep the pit was, they told the two toads that they were as good as dead.

The two ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other toads kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the toads took heed to what the others were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

However the other toad was hard of hearing, he thought the actions of the others were that of encouragement.  The frightened toad continued to jump as hard as he could and finally made it out of the deep pit and was able to complete the journey through the woods.

Have a great day everyone! and spread a little encouragement around.