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  • Early this Spring I started a photo series that I called "Pond Life", after discovering a huge mass of eggs in a pool of water. I went back week after week to see what came out of those eggs. The first batch of eggs yielded some tiny salamanders [that's another story] and then I became somewhat obsessed with finding more pools of water and more eggs. A few weeks into my discoveries, I found a large pond in the forest that was full of "Green Frog" eggs. Through my photo journaling of the "Pond Life", I was able to determine what type of frogs they were. It saddened me to read that frogs have "no maternal instincts" and made me think "how would a human even know that". I guess when there are literally thousands of eggs laid in one pond, some right on top of each other, it would be hard for a female frog to even recognize any of her babies, especially when they are seemingly identical. But then, what about the babies themselves? It got me thinking about the Dr. Seuss story "Are you my Mother?" and the journey of a tiny baby bird in search of his mother. On a return trip to the pond, I snapped this photo and immediately I knew...even the tiniest of tadpoles are born with an identity and I was convinced that not only do the little tadpoles seek out their Mother....their Mother recognizes them. After all, how can we as humans really know what goes on in a frog's heart :)
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