For the last week, we have been wondering where the tree frogs have gone.  The hot, still nights have been silent and when we have taken a swim before bed, we have had the pool to ourselves.  Have they been on vacation?  Annoyed by the hot, dry weather?  Did we do something to offend them?

Then, yesterday evening, after a pre-fireworks thunderstorm (one of the most intense we have had in a while), they were back.  By the time the storm had blown out and the first flash-bangs of the village’s Fourth of July show began to explode, four of the little amphibians had taken up their positions around the pool and were loudly comparing notes on their vacation travels (or whatever other mischief they had been up to).  It was nice to have them back.