High Temperature: 91F
The fence that marches along either side of the driveway and surrounds our house is made from oil-field pipe (the posts) and sucker rod (the rails). It was painted a deep red years ago, but is now showing its age. Bleached by years of sun, it has become a tired brown color. Crusty gray-green and silver lichen grow thickly on it in patches. Some of the posts have lost the cement tops that covered the openings and over time, rain has filled these open pipes.
In one such pipe, two Gray Tree Frogs live. They've been in this cozy, if wet, home for several years. Occasionally we see one or the other perched at the edge of the pipe's opening, hunkered down, peering eastwards into the woods or southwards down the driveway. More often, however, we only hear the plop of their bodies entering the water as they dash to get away from our prying eyes.
I wonder what they do in the winter? Do they dive to the bottom and live in a kind of suspended animation until spring returns? Do they use the acoustic properties of the pipe to amplify their mating calls? So many questions I have of these and other frogs.