Summer is under way if capricious here in the upper midwest. This Memorial day I got to trek around a beautiful 100+ acre wood with my Canon Rebel SLR playing chicken with the rain. The adrenaline rush of keeping my equipment dry in a barn during the rain then stalking about getting shots in the woods during the lulls was good sport to liven an already excellent day with fabulous company. The rain was my favorite kind of rain. It was warm and fast without being painfully fast. Best of all the sun was out in part of the sky, a perfect kitsune wedding day. My favorite of forest folk, the noble Eastern American Toad, was out in force. I gave up counting how many I saw and just enjoyed their company on the trail. I even caught a little one, probably a yearling, to keep him from the nose of a rambunctious if charming pointer and the tire of a gator. No matter how many times I catch toads and frogs I get an electric thrill of joy every time I hold one in my hand. It is a toad, a wily toad, which my mere human hands have caught from certain unpleasantness, be it of dog or human agency, and it is a triumph to look it in its shiny black eyes. Don’t worry, the toad got put back right where I found it none the worse for wear, and I do generally restrain myself from pestering animals. Still the rain afforded me the rare opportunity to not only spend time with and photograph toads but also the chance to photograph raindrops. I don’t have a proper macro lens, that is on my “when I have large amounts of disposable income” wish list, but I did the best I could with what I have to get some shots of the wood after a rain. I paid for many of these shots in blood. My arms are pock mocked with fly bites and my husband got the rare connubial joy of removing an embedded tick from my shoulder blade. I guess I have the focus of an artist because I was oblivious to the pain and the creepiness until I got back to the barn and saw all the little blood drops up and down my arms. Meh. It was worth it, I’d do it again. What am I saying? I know I will. I cannot stay out of the woods for more than so long, bugs or no bugs. Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite shots from the day.
I hope you have enjoyed the photos, dear readers. Any favorites? If there is some enthusiasm in the comment section or with the “like” button I will add these shots to my online photography stores. Thanks for stopping by the pond.