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Toad Topography

Toad Topography
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Copyright: Sandy Garfinkel (messenger1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 730 W: 39 N: 1513] (7055)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-25
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-26 5:05
Viewed: 919
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At a pond in a local nature preserve, the banks were boiling with toads busy mating and calling to each other. This guy emerged and squatted on the rocks to perform his throaty mating call. The bumpy surface of his back was fascinating - it reminded me of the surface of some alien planet in a science fiction film.

According to my good friend Wikipedia, there is little if any scientific distinction between frogs and toads: "The use of the common names "frog" and "toad" has no taxonomic justification. From a taxonomic perspective, all members of the order Anura are frogs, but only members of the family Bufonidae are considered "true toads". The use of the term "frog" in common names usually refers to species that are aquatic or semi-aquatic with smooth and/or moist skins, and the term "toad" generally refers to species that tend to be terrestrial with dry, warty skin. An exception is the fire-bellied toad (Bombina bombina): while its skin is slightly warty, it prefers a watery habitat."

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Hi Sandy:
very good capture.
good job on this one.


Perfect shaprness and well composed. I like how the frog looks to the other side along with the stones.


Great close up and interesting note. Good clarity and colours of this creature with a complexion problem. Good job
warm regards

Ciao Sandy, beautiful toad with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Sandy...nice shot...great tones and details...nicely composed.


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