Yesterday, one of the nicest, friendliest, supportive, generous and talented people in the blogosphere, photosphere, Twitter, Facebook and G Plus announced he is taking a hiatus, possibly for good, but certainly for a long time. Toad, aka Scott Johnson, aka husband to the lovely Mrs. Toad, is going to have to stop taking photos and publishing his blog, at least with anything approaching regularity, in order to pursue a new work opportunity that came his way and that could mean a lot to his family. He will be dearly missed, and possibly the least of it will be the absence of his wonderful photos (new ones, at least). Toad wrote essays and complete stories to accompany his images, and in doing so he created a fully realized fairy tale world that was also grounded in reality.
But most of all we will miss his company. An odd thing to say for someone I never met, but nobody was more supportive, nobody was more consistently upbeat, nobody left more comments on this blog and dozens of others. Nobody spent more time on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook combined, not just promoting himself but almost everyone he came into contact with. I really know only one person who even comes close. It is a darn shame to lose his online presence, but things change and time moves on.
So Toad, this is for you. May the sun rise, and then shine brightly, on the next phase of your life, and my God bless you and your family. I will miss your presence online, and hope someday to meet you in person. Best wishes buddy.
The East River, Roosevelt Island Bridge and Big Allis Power Station in Long Island City, Queens, taken from Roosevelt Island.