We’re at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in Virginia. It’s not very big and it’s hemmed in on all sides. One of the sides is the Potomac River. There’s a clear bubbling stream through it which leads to a beautiful waterfall and since I’m wearing walking boots with an all-in-one tongue I’m having a splash through the water.
At our feet is a toad:
It’s so perfectly matched to the colour of the stones it’s almost invisible, until it walks onto a bluish rock:
There are many species of toad. Like most amphibians their populations are in steep decline. This one looks like a Fowler’s Toad, Anaxyrus fowleri:
I love it.