Tiny But Amazing (Toad)

Life lately has definitely been a celebration of the microcosm.  The little guy in the picture is a New Mexico Spade Foot Toad.  He’s taken up residence in the alyssum bordering our patio; his entire realm measures about four inches wide by eight feet long.

Tiny Toad

Some of the bricks in the wall against which the alyssum grows are beginning to crumble.  One has a hollow in it.  When he’s startled (as when we start to water the alyssum), the tiny toad jumps up and takes residence in the hollow.  When he does this, he looks rather like an amphibian variant on a Mesa Verde or Puye cliff dweller.

In addition to tiny toad, we have numerous first-year lizards (both blue tails and fence) racing around the yard.  They don’t hold still long enough for pictures.  Speed versus stillness as defense mechanisms.

The baby birds are now mostly fledged out and are learning how to be birds.  It’s a good thing that the monsoon rains have started, because we have plenty of grass seed and bugs for them.

Tiny Toad in Cliff Dwelling

After an unusually hot early summer, we’ve settled into high nineties, with the high temperatures remaining at their peak for a much shorter duration.  That’s a relief both for me and for the garden.  This year I discovered that when the temperatures go about about 106, thinking becomes a real challenge.

And I have been thinking, researching, and even writing.  I made significant progress on a few reprint projects over the last few weeks, including reaching a new stage in the production of Asphodel, the novel that is in line to be my first self-published original novel.

After a couple of very stressful weeks – including the phone company accidentally disconnecting our phone and internet for four days (which, when you run your own business out of your home, is not trivial) – I’m hoping to settle in and get more writing done.

In fact, much as I enjoy chatting with all of you, that’s what I’m going to do now.


2 Responses to “Tiny But Amazing (Toad)”

  1. James M. Six Says:

    I saw a tiny, very fast lizard on my way into work yesterday. No idea what species. I’ve been in TX less than two years and my first thought is still “WOW! IT’S A LIZARD!” rather than “I wonder which species it is.”

    Always dangerous to have phone and internet on the same carrier. One night, the entire cable/internet was out, here, for 6 or 7 hours and while I was on hold for customer service, the automated message kept trying to sell me on the company’s phone service as well. Of course, if I HAD the company’s phone service, I wouldn’t have been able to call them to let them know there was a probl … Ohhhhh, THAT’S why they want that. Devious.

    I’m just a hobby writer but I need to do some writing when I get home from work tonight. I haven’t written any fiction in weeks. I think it’s time.

  2. Paul Says:

    A distant cousin to your tiny toad has been visiting our back door occasionally over the past month. Cute.

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