Oct 09-07

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007: October: Oct 09-07
Tree frog    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Robert C. Wetton
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Photo by Robert C. Wetton
Tree color    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Cari Raboin

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 05:45 am:

This interesting creature was spotted by Robert C. Wetton, the morning after the fellow in the second photo completed his balancing act, cutting down that tree in RCW's yard. So do you think this little gray Tree Frog had called the white birch home, then decided to sit on that stump and wait for his home to return? He needs to head over to Cari Raboin's tree in the third photo. He'd have a better paint job on his house, at least for a couple more weeks.

By Vicky P (Vickyp) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 06:37 am:

Poor little guy! Wonder if he feels lost? Kuddos to the guy in the second photo - I can't even get on a stepladder to change a light bulb. Love the last picture - set it as my background on the computer at work.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 07:48 am:

One of my most memorable experiences involves tree frogs. We were gliding down a lovely river in canoes in the northern LP. This eerie, most hauntingly beautiful sound was all around. Soft, quiet, almost in harmony, almost chanting back and forth. Only after getting off the river did I learn that it was tree frogs.

By Richard Johnson (Dick_fl) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 08:13 am:

Why in the world would anyone cut down a White Birch? They are among the most beautiful trees in the world.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 08:21 am:

Poor guy is homeless! My brother would gross me out by collecting the tree frogs and they would stick to his chest, I tell my daughter that little brothers don't get any better they just get bigger. Mine will be 30 this month!

By BJmilford (Bjmilford) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 08:28 am:

We had a beautiful birch in our front yard in
$Bay. It started to split down the middle. Unfortunately, it was very close to the house and wires, and had to come down.

By RCW (Rcw) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 08:43 am:

Dick it was a hard decison to make but actually there 2 trees there, and both dying from the top.Also had power lines etc going thru. Time to go!!!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 08:53 am:

I'm sorry you had to have your white birch trees cut down, RCW. That is really sad, but I do understand. It is very hard to find a white birch tree in our area that is free of disease. One year, the scouts wanted some white birch wood to make old fashioned log candle holders for the holidays, but they had an awful time coming up with disease-free birch wood. We have a couple of them that are not in great shape, so they could be cut down, but they are still alive, so they are still standing. Ours are not near power lines, though.

And, I love the autumn color in Cari Raboin's trees in the third photo! It is awesome! Thanks for your great pictures, RCW, Cari, and Mary thanks for selecting them to share with us this morning!

By Mike (Upboundeh) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 08:55 am:

The colors and temps were fantastic this weekend in the UP. A few showers made it even better. Made it as far as Marquette and went swimming in Lake Superior...talk about chilly. Does anyone know where to find the water temps for Lk Superior, I thought there was a web site to get lake temps?

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 09:17 am:

Birch trees have a difficult time with the ice storms we have down here in da mitten. They are better suited to the UP.

By tom ghering (Tomgheringtcmi) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 09:27 am:

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/maps/WestGL.shtml This website may have info on lake temps.

By JAD, Oscar, MI (Jandalq) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 09:55 am:

In August I gave my grandson a rocker I had on the back deck. When I took off the tarp cover to display it, a tree frog was sitting on the arm. I removed the critter and placed it near my geraniums. Two days later my grandson came to pick up the chair and put it in the trailer he had rented. I jokingly asked him to check that the tree frog wasn't on it. He lifted the tarp and there it was--It could have moved to Madison! I placed a small panel of wood on the deck floor and put a cracked flower pot over it. The tree frog moved in and stayed about a week. But it never sang. Previous ones have, and it is a glorious song.

By Julwisc (Julwisc) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 10:02 am:

God put some pretty amazing camo on that frog. Thank you, Mary, for posting one of our wedding photos last Saturday. We were up in the Keweenaw celebrating our 2nd anniversary. The weather didn't cooperate very well, but a rainy day in the Keweenaw is better than a sunny day down state! We had a wonderful time and will post some color tour photos later. Hopefully, it won't be too much longer until we're permanent residents of Keweenaw County!

By Paul Oesterle (Paulwebbtroll) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 10:06 am:

We had a beautiful birch tree in our front yard but unfortunately it died and we had to cut it down. Still have 2 more, one of them is looking anemic! Tree Frog (Toad?) music sounds a lot like the cranes that awaken us about 5:45 with their music in our back yard.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 10:16 am:

The tree frog is a humble looking lttle thing! I find them often in my flower containers.

By Bob Jewell, Farmington Hills (Rjewell) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 11:02 am:

Lake temps may be found at http://www.coastwatch.msu.edu/superior/s2.html
Note navigation to parts of lake below map.

By Richard Johnson (Dick_fl) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 12:13 pm:


I understand. It's just that I love Birch Trees and we don't have any in Florida. I wish I were back in the UP where they do grow. :-( Ecclesiastes 3:2 says it best. There is a time for everything. Maybe my time will come to return to the UP. God's Peace to y'all.

By Mel, not in KS anymore! (Mehollop) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 12:42 pm:

A few years back a friend of ours was trying to figure out on which wheel he was developing a dragging brake problem. Kept hearing a squealing noise every time he drove around with his window down, so figured it was on the driver's side of the car. Was riding around with him one evening with the passenger window down, and as we passed a wooded area, I said "Wow, listen to them peepers!"

He asked what I was talking about, so I said the spring peepers (tree frogs) were really loud.

"Frogs?!? Those are frogs?! I thought there was something seriously wrong with my brakes!"

I still laugh every time I hear them. :)

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 01:25 pm:

Melhollop, spring peepers are not tree frogs; they live in those short-lived spring ponds. Same thing for chorus frogs (they sound like running a fingrnail over a comb). My mom loves hearing them, they are an early sign of spring.

They are really loud when they get going. I bet your buddy remembers them now.

By Mike (Upboundeh) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 07:30 pm:

Thanks Tom and Bob for the lake temp info. We were swimming in approx 54 degree water this weekend in Marquette...thats cold, but, not as cold as the polar bear dunk, thats my next adventure.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 10:29 pm:

We've had many tree frogs "singing" very loudly in the early summer. We think it has to do with the old swimming pool that's not fully empty yet. It can get quite annoying by 3 o'clock in the morning!

By Doug (Greenhermit) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 11:45 pm:


Hmmmmm . . . "fully empty"? :-)

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