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Tiny toad plague

Tiny toad plague
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-24
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/64 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-06-28 4:04
Viewed: 11722
Points: 62
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This year we have toad plague.

Few days ago there were lots of tadpoles in the pond behind my house. Now they changed into hundreds of tiny toads. See WS pictures if you want to know how small they are and how many of them I can see everyday.

They changed into young toads so now they want to leave water and start to live on the land. That's why all banks of my pond (which is quite big, about 40x120m) are full of tiny toads. They try to hide in any small holes in ground.
To take these picture I was actually walking in water because when you walk on the bank you can simply step on them. I'm not a bif fan of toads, but these tiny "froggies" are quite cute and the last thing I want is to squash them.

On this picture you can see something that looks like a fight. It wasn't a fight. They were simply sitting on very crowdy rock. It's very popular place to sit so they all try to be on the top. To get there they often walk on other toads. In the BG you can see more toads, of course :-) The blue colour is water at evening. I had to use flash because there was very little light and they were moving all the time.

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ooh look at them!! Last year we had a lot in our backyard, but this year I did not see any.
Like the focus on your picture. It is a crowdy, but that is the charm.
Well done

TFS Greets Kristies

Most interesting 3 photos you have posted here.
It is truly a toad plage :)
I like everyone of them, this one is great, the one with your hand gives a very nice size comparison, and the "Exodus" is the one I like most (I dont think the quality is bad).
Really TN stuff, thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-28 4:16]
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Hi Monika!
Superb post! Looks like end of the world with frogs falling from heaven etc. :-) Your picture is very good, especially moment with two small 'fighters'. Workshop pictures are also great - I like your hand full of toads - nightmare for 90% of girls :-) Good story, perfect TN post. I miss only one thing - landscape picture of river and your hunting grounds.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-28 4:56]


Nice shot Monika, it's a good shot. The workshops are great too, I've never seen so many toads in one spot. Well done.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-28 5:28]

Hi Monika,
Interesting shot that shows effectively how may toad you are going to have! As they are useful creatures you must be glad: you'll have less mosquitoes. A very good composition to emphasize crowd.
The dark aspect of the shot transmits a sinister sensation, related -perhaps- with the fact that you are not a big fan of them; a brighter photo would give us a better inclination to the toads, :-)
TFS, José M.

Bonjour Monica
Il est impressionnant ton rassemblement de grenouilles tres belle composition avec de belle couleurs
merci et au revoir....JP

Hello Monika, excllent shot, nice shot , excllent details, Bg, POV, DOF perfect colors, Excllent Macro, tiny toads , TFS Kyle

Hi Monika ! These little toads are really cute ! I like all three of these photos, as they are good quality and they show us something really interesting. These toads are so small, and there are so many of them ! Thnk you very much for sharig this with us !

Hi Monika,
Great title and an interesting capture.
Very good job of it under low-light conditions..I like the interaction I see between the two frogs, left front..
Very well done.


Another great posting. Great Composition, POV, DOF and BG. TFS,

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-28 9:56]

Hello Monika, excellent post with an interesting composition. Colors and brightness are perfect. Very good job, Didier.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-06-28 10:10]
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Hi Monika!
Lovely little toads...and its nice they are soo many...good for mother nature :)
I also like the WS photos. Any idea on the ID? i really can't say for sure...thay are so small - some even have a bit of what was once their tail.
Anyway, great work again and TFS!

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2006-06-28 12:23]

Ale sie ich wyleglo! Niesamowicie to wyglada. Mieszkasz w cudownym miejscu. Najpierw wazki, a teraz te zaby.

What a determined pile of toads struggling for a place on the top! Doesn't that reflect a bit on us human beings, Monika?
You have worked hard to shoot this image and you deserve the credit for making it worth its while.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-28 14:28]

Hello Monika,
interesting series you posted here and in the workshop.
This shot is very nice great POV and DOF. I especially loke the one with the hand, it really gives a wonderful comparison scale.
Thank you for posting.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-28 15:13]

Hi Monika,

You're right, they are cute little things. Considering the poor light it's a great shot, I love the deep blue and low light in the BG. Good flash exposure as well, no glare.

I looked at the workshop pictures, amazing. I used to go to a pond when I was a kid that had a lot of tadpoles and newts, but I've never seen so many little toads before, just an amazing sight.

Great note too, excellent post.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-28 15:36]

Hello MOnika,
Intersting pot.Well caught,framed and copmposed.
Very well done!

Hello Monika,
Nicely captured.
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.
Looking at your workshop posts, I can see you have so many of the little toads. What a great opportunity to photograph them.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-28 18:49]

Hi Monika,
Great shot. Excellent sharp details with well exposed colours. Good lighting and well composed. Very well done and TFS. I haven't actually seen on toads or frogs this year in my area, so perhaps you my share.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-28 22:02]

Bonjour Monika!

Félicitations pour cette belle composition. L'effet de masse a un impacte certain et le focus est très bien réalisé.

Merci pour l'envoie.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-28 22:49]
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How cute, especially seeing how small they are (in the excellent WS photos), but it must be a bit of a worry having to walk through them! How big do they get and where will they go? When will you get your pond back?
Great show and so interesting Monika, thank you

Hi Monika,
Excellent capture on this crowded rock. Toads on top of Toads! Nice colors and detail. I think the shallow DOF look good here and keeps you focused on the guys in front. Nice shot!

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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2006-06-29 15:44]

Wow, really impressive these many cuties !
I like how they nudge one another, like small kids ! Your second WS picture is impressive too. It seems like toad's paradize, no predators in your small pond, it's like heaven. As for the main picture I like your composition, the dark blue background comes perfectly well with the golden brown coloured froggies. I much like your flashwork, sometimes you say you prefer natural light, but here you master the lighting perfectly with soft and warm shadows : the three froggies look like actors on a scene the light fainting to the rear!
Thanks for showing ! Patrick

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Pozdrawiam Malgosia

This photo is just Great Monika, Great composition and DOF which concentrates on the 3 in the foreground but shows the group behind as well.
The whole post is just fascinating, though, the workshop shots are amazing, I've never seen so many toads in one place, is that unusual? I expect most of them will become food for passing birds ;)
Then there's the fact that you mention your 40x120m 'pond'. I'm so envious ;)
Thanks a lot for this wonderful post.

wow, it´s the frog-plague! *g*
funny, i had something like this here, too,
but there weren´t that many.
excellent capture(s), monika, showing this amazing "event"! :-)
i really like your "hand full of toads",
i guess not many people would have done that.
terrific job & story, thorsten.

This year you have plagues of the frogs and dragonflies! What a plagued place you live :-) Very interesting shot and the moment! It really seems that two ones are fighting! But i prefer the crowded group focused! That scene interesting too! Love that blue as a bg! and very amazing ws especially the "Tiny toads leaving water" ! Great contribution!
Thank you!

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-07-09 14:38]


Przyjemne w odbiorze ze wzgledu na plytka glebie ostrosci. Kolory i ostrosc BDB.


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-07-13 0:41]

Hi Monika! What a nice party! Excelent capture! I´ve never seen so many toads together like this! It´s great! TFS!

I had to laugh at this as my children brought me home a present one day earlier in the summer... a jar full of frogspawn. Having dutifully installed the frogspawn into a suitable container they lovingly tended the resulting tadpoles, cleaning out the tank and changing the water every now and then, feeding the tadpoles who seemed to develope a taste for plain boiled rice! One weekend we went away for a couple of days... and when we came back my kitchen looked rather like your photo!

Your photography is as brilliant as ever...

Cute toad tribe, your picture shows the mass quantity that this animal can produce. Very nice capture Monika. While down in Peru I noticed the packed water puddles full of tadpoles from the toad population their numbers where in the thousands an incredible site. :)

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