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I know, I know, you are thinking, “Jacque, you are covered in ants. Shouldn’t you be jumping around like a freak?” No, I shouldn’t. You know why? I am a man! No not really, I am only covered from head to toe in red ants.

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Native red ants and not fire ants. You know WHY I am covered in red ants to include inside both my pant legs? I am happy. Why am I happy? That’s a great question. You see I know you are expecting some insightful, poetic, deep and meaningful answer. You want to hear all about how a life event has changed me or made me ponder life and it’s meaning once again.

Phooey! Screw life and its meanings. I just got to tromp in the woods. Simple. It’s been a freaking long week already. Once of those weeks that makes you really think about whether or not to come home FROM the woods. I really wanted to say to the team I was with, “Hey worky pants, I am going to just hang out here for a few days until mother nature stops pissing on me. I will catch you all later – ants and all!”

But instead, I left the cool damp woods next to the small river. I turned my back, once again on what I know is right. I walked out the scarred surveyor’s path and went on about my grown up business. Left behind was the healing sounds of the woods. The soft voice of the river calling to me like it always does.

I could have stayed you know. Could have laid there on the banks of that river and solved all of my life’s puzzles. I should have stayed in the poison ivy and vine-covered trail that would hide anything. It would have hidden my furrowed brow, my tired eyes, my unshed tears. It would have hidden my doubt and expectations of myself.

It would have been easier. The coward’s way. But instead I stood in the bright sunshine. It is apparent I have a hangover, it’s obvious something is amiss, but you know what?

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Things That Go BUMP in the Night….

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The forest is a mysterious place. During the day it’s filled with wild wings of birds and insects. The shadows cast their coolness on hidden mossy creatures sneaking from the heat of the day. But after dark, the forest changes. The sunlit stream becomes a dark ribbon of glassy eyes searching. The mossy branches are suddenly ancient claws  reaching for you….what was that sound?

In the spirit of Halloween, we thought we should shine some light into the deep dark forest that scares you and tell you about the amazing and wonderful creatures and sites you can REALLY see at night in the forest. Let’s start with……

FROGS

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The Green Tree Frog like most frogs prefers the cover of night. Their song fills the summer air just after rain. They prefer small ponds and are typically arboreal or like trees! They actually have been listed as good pets! Before taking any creature from the wild, please consider appreciating them from a distance in their natural surroundings.

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Southern Tree Frogs have distinctive spots and pointed heads. They escape predators by leaping long distances. They can even live in brackish marshes and eat a huge variety of small creatures.

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Cuban Tree Frogs have become quite an issue in Florida. They are large and prolific breeders. Their diet consists of just about anything that they can  catch – including 5 our own native species. Their size allows them to eat lizards and small snakes as well. It is illegal to release them into the wild. They are still sold in the pet market as they are quite beautiful frogs.

Do you like frogs? Write and let us know if you think they are slimy, sticky creepers or lovely leaping little things!

Stay tuned for our next creature of the night!!

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