The grumpy looking little guy in American Toad was near the dock in the pond closest to Whiskey Road in Hopeland Gardens. Unfortunately, the walkway and the entire floating dock have since been removed. I think the caretakers felt that it was no longer safe for public use. I’ve written previously about being an opportunistic wildlife shooter, and this toad was quite cooperative; he allowed me to create several different compositions, of which, this was my favorite. I love how toads seem to have a cantankerous look. Perhaps I was annoying but not enough to make him hop away.
My favorite aspect of Pond Lovers is the long string of eggs that seems to wind its way through most of the composition. I also like that determined look in the male’s eyes, and the fact that even though he has mounted the female, he still appears to be cranky. This piece was created from the same floating dock previously mentioned.