One-Year Ago (08-October-2016) — New Jersey.

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

While cutting up some cardboard for recycling, I felt something go by my feed. At first I thought it was a rat, but then saw it was a big fat toad. Once I realized what it was, I went and got the first camera I could find to take its picture. The toad was probably looking for a warm space in my garage to spend the winter. I wonder how many crickets it had to eat to get this big???

Toad trying to get into my garage. Fall Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 800, 60 mm, f/5, 1/60 sec) + popup flash. (David J Mathre)
Toad trying to get into my garage. Fall Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 800, 60 mm, f/5, 1/60 sec) + popup flash. (David J Mathre)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer updating images in My Image of the Day Photoblog, and My eBird (with images of nearly 450 bird species). hope post COVID-19 to be a world traveler again. My interests include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, sky, and seascapes, travel, and astrophotography. I look for unique ways of viewing the world and presenting my images. I have traveled to over 55 countries in six continents, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on home renovation and expansion of a wildflower garden/meadow.

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