Featured in Nature In Its Entirety February 18, 2011.
Featured in Amphibians October 25, 2010.
Featured in Fabulous Froggies July 11, 2010.
Featured in Wildlife, Landscape and Nature Photography Online Magazine July 1, 2010.
Top Ten in the “Every Picture Tells A Story” challenge in High Quality Animal Images May 29, 2010.
Featured in # 1 Artists of RedBubble February 11, 2010.
Featured in LMAO Art – Your funniest work February 10, 2010.

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“Harbinger – A person or thing that announces the approach of another.”

It won’t be long before I’ll take the dogs out in the evening and hear the high pitched chirps of my little amphibian friends, calling to each other in the darkness … and telling me that spring is near. Surprisingly, as early as February I’ll hear their nocturnal love songs … they always bring a smile.

443 views on February 2, 2010.

(So you know I wasn’t being cruel, this little guy and his buddies took a dip in my pool every evening last summer … and every morning it was my pleasure to scoop them out and send them on their way. The toads, such as this fellow, were very easy going and after awhile it became apparent that they were happy to pose for me. After a few minutes of fun, I always gently placed them under the leaves of the ivy … where they could spend the day in the shade, hunting for bugs.)

Image taken on the morning of July 24, 2009 with the Nikon D300 and the 60mm Nikon macro/micro lens. Shutter speed was 1/250, aperture f/9.0, exposure -.33, iso 1000. Jpeg sharpened in Capture NX2.

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  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelabout 5 years ago

    What an outstanding capture Lois. Lovely comp and colors. And when you don’t get to hear their songs…you miss them.

  • Hi Ann!!!! Thank you … you know it’s funny you should say that … I sometimes worry about my hearing … it’s a family thing … so I hope I can keep hearing them for a long time!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful catch Lois …

  • Hi Tom!!! Thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • akaurora
    akauroraabout 5 years ago

    Great macro and use of narrow dof … vibrant colors and clarity. Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ ☺

  • Thank you, thank you!!!!!!! I think I am in color withdrawal with this whole winter thing, lol!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 5 years ago

    super, I kind of remember those shots from before

  • Luda, you’re right … I ran across this one the other day and decided i liked it … there’s one more … with three of the boys all together … that I’ve been meaning to upload, too. It’s a hoot!!!! Thanks for stopping by, sweetie!!!! Hugzz!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    WOW brilliant

  • thank you!!!!!!!!! LOVE the “WOW”!!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonabout 5 years ago

    LoL…love his expression “Back off – Get your own Daisy!”. Excellent shot Lois. Perfect detail and colour. Cheers, S.

  • Hey sweetie!!!!!! Thank you!!!! It’s funny you should comment on his expression … as sweet and easy going as they were … (and as many times as I saved their lives from the pool or from the road or the driveway) I half expected expected a little smile or something from them … but nope … just old stone face!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous !!

  • Thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • mtozier
    mtozierabout 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdabout 5 years ago

    That is a great capture Lois. Well done.

  • Thank you, hon!!!! Glad you liked this one!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • chijude
    chijudeabout 5 years ago

    Now that cannot be called a prettty face!! … but oh so very well done!!!

  • Hiii Judy!!!! Awwww … I think he’s pretty!!!!!! LOL!!! But then he was my daily visitor for awhile there!!!!! So glad you enjoyed him!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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