Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Gray Tree Frogs and a beautiful rainy day

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Today was a good day.

Amazing moment number one came while we were down at the lake. I was caught in a thunderstorm and enjoyed a really nice walk in the rain. Had one of those moments.

Amazing moment number two came just minutes ago. I've been listening to the Gray Tree Frogs (Hyla versicolor) this evening and I have to say, I love it. They are going crazy this evening and I can't help but think there must be some mating going on because not only are they louder than normal but I'm hearing an entirely new sound from them. As if the evening of frog voices was not fantastic enough I finally broke down and went outside with a flashlight. I don't want to disrespect their space and process so I was trying to stay away and let them do their thing. I heard voices and saw that my mom and nephew Jake had gone out so I went ahead. Well, let me tell you, they are everywhere. Within just 5 minutes we discovered seven or eight. I know there are many more that we did not see! As we were coming back inside we stopped to look at one more and he jumped and landed on my ankle!

I love these little frogs!

To end the perfect night, as the frogs continue to sing the wind has picked up and a thunderstorm is rolling in.

About the picture: Gray Tree Frog, taken May 2004 sitting in the leaves of our Hosta. You can also listen to a recording made this evening. Want to know more about these cool little buddies of mine? Link 1, link 2.

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