Spring has been waking up my vernal pool.
The frogs are the most obvious sign the pool is awakening.
The wood frogs have been busy pairing up and laying eggs.
Those speckled, gray, gelatinous masses attached to the submerged branches are the wood frog's eggs.
|Wood Frog Eggs|
By the way, I'm very pleased that I have a waterproof digital camera that I can carry around in my pocket, even in the rain. Then if I encounter something like these frog eggs, I can just stick my Pentax optio w90 under the water for some great shots. Out in the field, I was looking at the frog eggs and didn't even see those salamander eggs in the lower right corner. Thanks to the waterproof camera, I noticed them when I looked at the pictures.
I'd say the eggs have been developing awhile.
The spring rains and warmer temperatures have definitely awoken this quiet, isolated, temporary pool.
See Waiting, Part IV about the awakening vernal pool.