The frogs are especially loud and prolific. I have double-glazed windows, but can hear the frog chorus all summer, even when my windows are closed. When I moved here several years ago I threw a housewarming party for family and friends. During the evening there was a short-lived, but heavy rainstorm, after which I had a frog invasion. Frogs were everywhere: the front walkway, clinging to the front fence, stuck to the front door, and trying to sneak in whenever it was opened. I ended up having to send most of my departing guests out through the garage. Funny, but that's never happened again. Maybe the snakes lurking near the front door have kept the frogs at bay.
In Goa I have experienced frogs living INSIDE the lavatory pipe. It gave me quite a turn the first time I saw them. I couldn't imagine using the loo on top of them but everyone else did. To my friend's consternation I tried to fish them out with the loo brush. I succeeded in getting one out. I was amazed to see that its colour was a sickly sort of yellow, no hint of green. Must be because they live in dark conditions all the time.
Another time I stayed in a hut on the coast near Palolem. This had an outdoor shower and loo. The shower comprised a huge dustbin filled by a hose that otherwise lay on the ground. A bucket was handy for tipping water over one's head. Cold water of course. Anyway there were always lots of small frogs on the floor. Hazardous in the dark. Many power cuts in India.
Last Edit: Jul 16, 2013 10:27:57 GMT by spindrift1
As the State of Florida prepares to take over ownership and operation of Silver Springs in October, I see the current owner/operator has made admission free. The park is being renovated and prepared for the exchange. This may be a good time to visit and see what exactly is happening transition transition time.
Back on post 142, in February 2013, I added photos of Devil's Millhopper to this thread. Here are some pictures I took today. You can just see a hint of fall in the leaves. My plan is to take a few more photographs once the leaves have some good color.
We've had a lot of rain over the past several months so there's water down in the bottom of the Millhopper. The sound of water running down the rocks and through the vegetation is incredible. I wish I could have recorded the sound to play back on those nights when I needed a little extra peace and quiet. Though I was just on the edge of the city of Gainesville, I felt like I was out in a rainforest somewhere.
Your latest photos of the Devil's Millhopper has reminded me of a cave system I visited in Margaret River, Western Australia. The long wooden stair cases descending ever downwards....and Oh my goodness, upwards too when we had to climb back! At the bottom was a long tunnel of a cave with an underground lake. Quite spooky really.
I love all the thick green moss on the rocks in your one photo.
A very thought provoking essay by Ron Cunningham, former editorial page editor of the Gainesville Sun, is posted in today's newspaper. Cunningham compares manatees to canaries once used in mines to detect poisonous gases. Record numbers of manatees have perished this year, almost twice as many in the past ten months as the whole of 2012, and most seem to be dying from toxic contaminants being discharges into our waters.
After the plumber remarked about the lush vegetation behind my house I pulled up this thread to see how much the sinkhole area has changed in two years. My camera has definitely changed since the first photos! Here's what my sinkhole looks like almost two years later. Someone just looking at a glance wouldn't even know there was a hole in the ground under all this greenery.