Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Serenade of the Tree Frogs

Have you ever heard a tree frog sound deleriously happy? We experienced a "gully washer" of a thunderstorm last night, one of many the midwest has endured in the past week or so. At 4:30 this morning, the sound of 30,000 happy itty bitty little frogs outside my window woke me up.

(Okay, so it might have been the hot flash that woke me up, but the "Halleluja Chorus dressed in green" prevented me from going back to sleep.) Gggrin!

I suppose most people never have the opportunity to hear tree frogs. Living in the country for thirty years near the woods and a big pond helps. There's something so soothing about their joy. Oh ... to be happy it rains ... and rains ... and rains.

Did you know most tree frogs sing soprano? Well, for years, one of OUR frogs sang bass. You'd hear chirp, chirp, chirp and then BA-ROOm. In fact, the "bass" frog possess what sounded like a smoker's cough. YOu'd heard chirp, chirp, chirp ...BA+ROOM....cough, cough, wheeeeeze. Life's interesting around my house. Even the tree frogs are different.

More later. I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted. Vacation, work related seminars and life in general have gotten in the way. HOpe to remedy that.


  1. I love tree frogs! A friend was in Orlando a couple years ago for a conference, so I drove down for dinner. We walked from the hotel, and the trees were full of singing frogs. She'd never heard them before, and had never seen one - so here we were, 2 nearly 40 year old women climbing the landscaping trees in Orlando looking for frogs! Thanks for bringing the memory back! LOL!

  2. Sound of frogs is amazing.

    I love your bass-frog-story! Wonder if the female frogs prefered him instead of all the usual tenors..?

    Have a great day!