Florida: Summer Clouds, Rain, and Frogs

Sunny Sky over Indian River

Sunny Sky over Indian River

Stormy Sky over Indian River

Stormy Sky over Indian River

Panorama of Isolated Storm over Sebastian Beach (click to enlarge)

Panorama of Isolated Storm over Sebastian Beach (click to enlarge)

Cuban Tree Frog in Grass

Cuban Tree Frog in Grass

Cuban Tree Frog Camouflage

Cuban Tree Frog Camouflage

Cuban Tree Frog's Golden Eye

Cuban Tree Frog’s Golden Eye

Native Southern Toad on Driveway

Native Southern Toad on Driveway

Green Tree Frog in Milkweed Flowers

Green Tree Frog in Milkweed Flowers

Squirrel Tree Frog in Bird-of-Paradise Flower

Squirrel Tree Frog in Bird-of-Paradise Flower

Tadpole

Tadpole

Cuban Tree Frog Transformation (still has tadpole's tail)

Cuban Tree Frog Transformation (still has tadpole’s tail)

In summer in Florida, heat buildup during the day leads to afternoon thundershowers and clearing in the evening. We love hearing the chorus of frogs singing after the rain ends. Later we see frog eggs and then tadpoles in the pond.  Florida has 33 species of frogs and toads.  A list is at: http://www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/wildlife_info/frogstoads/   

You can listen to calls at:  https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/Frogquiz/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.lookup&CFID=6699023&CFTOKEN=a2f85b2c81814818-693ABB52-FE37-1048-AA8EE1A8CE351F01

Our favorite smiling frog picture of all time is at:  https://naturetime.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/smiling-frog/

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

9 Responses to Florida: Summer Clouds, Rain, and Frogs

  1. cindy knoke says:

    The frogs write symphonies, every night. Love this~

  2. What a cool idea to share a time-lapse like this – think I’ll try it sometime! You must be up near the Indian River County area, right? We used to go to Vero and Sebastian Inlet often – so many great places there, and I also found the nighttime frog chorus a delight! I love all of your beautiful photos ~

    • Pam says:

      Thank you so much! We are at the southern end of Brevard County right near the Indian River County border. We go to Sebastian most every weekend. I did the time lapse with my iPhone – it was really easy and fun to do. The only thing to remember is that it uses up a lot of charge, so plug it in if you want it to go for hours. I also bought one of those waterproof covers. We went to Sebastian today – it was gorgeous! Lots of fish swimming along the pier.

  3. JustI says:

    The pictures are great and I love the time lapse of the clouds. I haven’t been down to Sebastian for quite some time, but if my husband hears that there are a lot of fish swimming along the pier, well….

  4. elisa ruland says:

    I remember when I first started following your blog, you posted a great picture of a big smiling frog. These shots remind me of him!

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