It always is a treat to see a toad or two while out on a hike. With published data in Britton, the USA and other places around the world all indicating toads, frogs and other amphibian populations are in serious decline.
This day we ran across the Western Toad: Anaxyrus boreas and we thrilled.
He sure is a bumpy little guy and was happy to let us photograph him around the edge of his pond.
A few days latter while out on hike we ran across another Western Toad just off the side of the trail resting in the tall grass.
Although this statement may not apply to everyone, for me it feels eerily strange and quite foreboding that within our life times we now consider it special to experience amphibians that were once a common experience in our childhoods.