Puddle of procreation
In a shallow pool – tinted brown by tannin from rotting leaves – a gang of male common frogs were poised for action. ‘As soon as a female jumped in,’ says Cyril, ‘they went crazy, desperate to be the lucky one’. As light shone through the spheres of spawn, a familiar scene transformed into an alien world.
Powered by muscular limbs and webbed hind feet, males will fight to clasp a female. The lucky male will hang on using dark pads on its thumbs until she releases up to 2,000 jelly-cased eggs to be fertilised. Emerging tadpoles metamorphosise into froglets over 10–15 weeks developing lungs to breathe air.
Canon EOS 5D; 14mm f2.8 lens; 1/20 sec at f16; ISO 200; Ikelite housing; two Ikelite DS160 strobes; remote shutter release.
Yonne, Burgundy, France
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