An early morning hike with my friend, Caryn was the start to my birthday celebration. We hiked the blue and yellow trails at Canfield Woods as a light rain fell on the leaves above us. It was wonderful. While we walked along a swampy area, I saw something hop. I stopped to investigate and found a toad sitting next to a log. “Let’s play one of my favorite games, ‘How close can I get?'” I said to Caryn.
I stepped off the trail, nearer to the toad and pulled out my camera. I focused on the toad and took a picture. Then I crouched down, moved in and took another picture. The toad sat still. I moved in even closer and took another picture. Caryn said, “It would be cool if you could take a picture straight on.”
I stood up, laughed with delight, and returned to the trail. And the toad calmly hopped away. What a birthday gift!