I took my first pedal boat ride of the season yesterday afternoon. I pedaled around the pond a few times, took a few photos, then I put my feet up and drifted for a while, enjoying the sunshine and the breeze.
Do you remember this guy? I posted about him way back on September 1st in my post wrongly titled The Toad. I’m pretty sure it should have been titled The Frog.
You see, I don’t think toads can do what this little guy (or gal) is doing in the above photo. It’s clinging to the side of the house after having climbed up the side of the house. Way up.
This little guy (or gal) has also taken the injunction to be fruitful and multiply to heart. There are now several of the cute little guys and gals hanging out on the deck. And on top of the back door. Hanging out on the back door seems to be a popular spot with the frogs. It’s not so popular with me as I really don’t care for having frogs fall on my head when I open and step out the back door. In fact, stepping outdoors via the back door is no longer appealing to me at all so I take other routes out of the house for my outdoor excursions.
(September 24, 2010)
I have noticed that these guys and gals have put on their fall outfits. As you can see from the photo I took yesterday, there is very little of the light green left. He (or she) is beginning to resemble the flagstone it is sitting upon. The one which lives under the umbrella stand (that would be the guy/gal in the first picture) was the same color as the wheels on the stand along with stripes the color of the granite stand. I haven’t lifted the stand lately to have a good look at him/her to see if there have been any changes.
I think our new guests are Gray Treefrogs. They might also be Cope’s Gray Treefrogs. Apparently the two are indistinguishable in the field. They do have different calls, though, so I may have to sit out there some evening and listen for a while.
I’m not sure why they prefer our deck, house, and top of the back door over all the trees in this area. I would think, especially in the case of the one that keeps raining down off the top of the back door, that a tree would seem a much more hospitable hangout.
Last night M and I took the peddle boat out for an almost-full moon ride around the pond. It was lovely and still quite warm when we went out around 10:00pm. The gusty wind, which kept changing direction as the cold front approached, moved us around the pond while we sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the moonlight on the water. In the woods the Great Horned Owl whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo’d.
Today we spent pretty much the entire day outdoors. I would love to tell you all about it but I need to upload the pictures, sort through them, and then write something up to go with them so I’m going to leave it until tomorrow. It was a very full day of walking, bicycle riding, train watching, and pumpkin picking.
I’m thoroughly exhausted in that relaxed way you get after a full autumn day of sunshine and fresh air. I’m glad I wrote up this frog post this morning. Otherwise I’d be rushing to put something together before this day is through in order to meet the blogging part of my commitment.
Oh, and before I forget again… I posted a static page (look up near the header for 365 Life in the Bogs Outdoors Challenge). On the page I’ve included a slide show of some of the photos from my outdoor adventures. I’ll be adding and taking away as time goes on. Sometimes I put in a few photos that didn’t make it into the main post for the day so you might want to check it out once in a while.