When you live on a fairly tiny island in the pacific ocean, everyday is a day at the beach. It is, indeed, pretty difficult to go very far before you find yourself suddenly in paradise with an unrelenting desire to just sit down and relax! Luckily for two tuckered toads who have literally been hopping as fast as two frogs in a blender, this one came with its own set of comfortable and welcoming chairs.
Truth be told, I would have to tie Mr. Toad down to get him to stay put in one place for more time than it takes to yell “I see a great composition over there!”. And while it is true that we have been very busy of late, we are certainly not complaining. One of the greatest joys of adventuring all over an island with an endless supply of perfect subjects for our lens is the wonderful people we get to meet on the other side of the camera. And while most of them tend to be of the human variety, we do occasionally get to meet some of our less conventional neighbours which is always a delight for us but understandably not always for our new friends as some of them are downright tasty on a cracker!
But for today we must rely on our bag of sandwiches as our newest friends are of the feathered variety and would surely bite back! I am not sure if the little boats tethered close together inspired the birds to build a similar housing situation for themselves or if, in fact, it happened the other way around, but either way everyone seems content having traded less square footage inside for an endless supply of it outside. Complete with a viewing platform offering a bird’s-eye view, this tower of apartments for hip west-coast birds exemplifies the laid-back stress-free lifestyle so many of us have come here to enjoy.
As we rounded the corner in excited search of our next great shot, we came upon this new friend. Although herons are very common in our area, we had never been so close to one before. We realized at that pivotal moment why we had felt so compelled to take a stand against oil tankers invading our pristine coast. It’s not about politics or economics, we’ll leave that to the good folks who are best prepared to face those types of challenges. For a couple of unassuming toads armed with a camera, it’s simply about preserving this amazingly beautiful place and the plethora of critters who call it home.
Scenery like this makes a priority of protecting great compositions for the next generation of photog-frogs, and to this cause we are toad-ally dedicated! If you are interested in learning more about this very pressing issue, we have included some links to some really great information. And a genuine heart-felt thanks to all of you fabulous photogs out there who tirelessly hang from buildings, get up before the birds to catch the blue hour, or lie still for hours shivering in the cold to share your wondrous vision of the beautiful world around us. You save the world everyday with each click of the shutter. As always, we love good conversation among good friends, so please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments for us to share!
Until next time!
Warmly, Mrs. Toad