I is for Inquisitive #AlphabetPhoto

little toad

I is for inquisitive. Every year, around the summer solstice, our garden is invaded by tiny toadlets. Most are en route somewhere else. A few find a welcoming corner of our garden and stay. Some take a wrong turning and end up in our kitchen, which we call home.

It’s not unknown to find two big eyes peeping out from under a kitchen unit. A slightly confused toadlet, tangled in a dust bunny, losing it’s way again. They stop there, taking it all in, with the air of an inquisitive tourist in the bewildering world of the humans.

The children are just as inquisitive about the invaders. The toadlets are small . Smaller than a 5p piece. They can leap, although given the choice they prefer to walk. When the lawns are being cut, the children run about the grass searching for toadlets and transferring them to safe zones. Where they can watch the baby toads disappear into the long grass.

I have no idea who is more inquisitive. The invading toadlets or the imaginative children?

Joining in with Charly’s fun #AlphabetPhoto linky for week 9. Have you posted an “I”?

28 thoughts on “I is for Inquisitive #AlphabetPhoto

  • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 8:54 am

    How small, and how cute! I imagine the human world must be intriguing for the toads (and of course some humans!)

    • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      He’s in the hand of one of the children, so you can see just how small he really is. Once had a line of five of them, sitting on the step watching me work in our study. They had crept under the door to escape a downpour and found me. Goodness only knows what they thought!

  • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Very interesting! I’m sure your children love these tiny guests in their home 🙂

    • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      All toadlets are very quickly taken outside. Bad enough trying to avoid treading on them outside, let alone inside!

  • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Inquisitive, such a good word. I’m sure they were both as inquisitive as each other. Lovely pic #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      You are probably right. 😀

  • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Oh my goodness, they are tiny! I would love to witness that, never mind the children 🙂 #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      We really look forward to their arrival each year. Part of the rhythm of our year.

    • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      They are completely harmless. Rather sweet really. I don’t think you would be scared of them.

  • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    How wonderful, we’d love some to come and visit us, a year on and still no inhabitants for our wildlife pond #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Give it time. I’m sure it will happen.

  • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, I think I would run from the room screaming if I saw a little toadlet peeping out from underneath my kitchen cabinet!! This is a great capture though. #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      They have sweet puppy dog eyes..except they’re toadlets 😉

  • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful and adorable photo! I love little tiny frogs like that they are so fascinating to watch! So cute that the kids transfer them to safety too, bless! #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      They are fascinating. The invasion doesn’t last for many days, but while it does, they are fun to observe.

  • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    My daughter would be in heaven! She absolutely loves froglets and toadlets! Great photo 🙂

    • Wednesday 9 July, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Always wonder if the novelty will wear off one year, but each time the children love to see the toadlets. Their friends love seeing them too.

  • Thursday 10 July, 2014 at 6:41 am

    What a great phot and a fantastic I, We found a baby toad in our garden the other week too.

    • Thursday 10 July, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Lovely to find, aren’t they? Where there is one, they’ll be a dozen more behind. On some days we can barely step out of the back door, for fear of squashing them.

  • Saturday 12 July, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Oh my days, how adorable is this photo. This little fella looks proper content, doesn’t he! x

    • Monday 14 July, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      They do get settled on your hand. Sometimes, the children have to gently push them off, when they reach the long grass. Reluctant to leave.

  • Monday 14 July, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Oh my goodness that’s absolutely incredible!!! I’ve never seen these before and how wonderful to have captured this photograph with the fingers showing how teeny tiny it is. Such amazing detail. Thank you so much for sharing with #alphabetphoto

    • Tuesday 15 July, 2014 at 11:20 am

      They are very tiny. The nearest pond is a couple or so hundred metres away, so I do wonder if they come from a nearer water source, that I don’t know about. I can’t believe that they are long fledged hatched hopped out of the pond.

  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Fab I! What a great picture and story to go with it!

    • Saturday 26 July, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Funny how I din’t even notice the light.

  • Saturday 19 July, 2014 at 11:29 am

    What a lovely photo! Love that little toad and the dirty fingernails, just the way inquisitive fingers should look 🙂

    • Saturday 26 July, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      The challenge is to keep finger nails clean, around here.

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