Ah! I love this time of year. I love the crisp mornings. I love walking out my front door to enjoy the warm sunshine and mountain views midday. Picking apples, plums, or raspberries from around the property. My daily commute is inching into darkness, and the sharp light on mountain mornings turns the hills a colour that is somehow both indigo and orange.
Today I’m learning about the Pacific Tree Frog, or Pacific Chorus Frog. Yesterday I found a bunch of them hiding in the shady cool space under a shed, at about 880 m elevation. When I returned home from work, I followed an interesting croaking noise to find another one sitting contentedly in my dog’s water bowl.
They’re tiny little buggers, no bigger than an inch! You can identify them by the strips of brown that run from either side of their nose, across their eye and back to their shoulders. Apparently they can change colour quite quickly, perhaps in response to temperature and humidity changes, and can be found in shades of grey, tan, brown, or green, generally with a pale beige underside. Very rarely, due to a genetic deformity, they may even appear blue!
Frogs are said to represent the transient nature of life. From eggs, to tadpoles, to the adult frog, they go through a total metamorphosis twice. A mother frog will abandon her eggs – a tough lesson in survival and making it on your own. Transformation, renewal, rebirth, change, and adaptability. Although they are frequently seen during the day, most of their activity and feeding happens at night. Frogs represent ease in walking two paths, as they require both water and earth in their habitat.
Keep your eyes (and ears) out for these little singers!