The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of November 11, 2016.

In this week’s challenge, show us tiny. Capture something at a smaller scale. Create your own miniature scene. Or experiment with the tilt-shift technique — Instagram and other apps have this built-in tool.

You can also interpret the theme in other ways by capturing your favorite tiny things — from your baby’s hands to belongings that are special to you — or documenting a small, quiet moment in your day. Have fun!

Sometimes it’s hard to convey in a photo how tiny something really is; that might be the case with the images I’ve chosen for this week’s challenge.  But I’m always delighted to come across the small creatures that live within the American River parkway.  It’s very easy to miss them — they tend to be shy and secretive.


I’m still trying to figure out if this little guy (about the size of a quarter) is a toad or a frog; he looks to me like a combination of both!  For a couple of weeks during the summer, seemingly thousands of these tiny little critters were scattering with every step I took along the dirt trails of Mississippi Bar.



I ran across this tiny lizard two years ago, again during the summer.  He was less than 2 inches long, and sitting very still right in the middle of the trail… enjoying the sun and trying very hard to pretend he was a stick, I guess.


This tiny garter snake was this morning’s happy surprise.  He’s quite long but so thin I almost didn’t notice  him.  It’s hard to tell his size, but compare him to the leaves on the ground which are no more than 4 inches long.  He let me take a couple of pictures but then decided I was too close — and he was gone in the blink of an eye!



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