Saturday, April 3, 2010
Rudyard Kipling had the wolves who adopted the baby Mowgli call him "little frog" in his Jungle Book story. I believe that people have a soft spot for frogs because they have bodies resembling our own, with arms, and legs with knees. The frogs, being amphibians, are naked - and so are we, unusual among other mammals.
This scene for me, is not so much about the vulnerability of the little naked frog body, as it is about the spilling of her eggs on the road. The tragedy for me is about the waste of all those potential Wood Frog tadpoles, who would have transformed into baby Wood Frogs this summer and set off into the woods to hunt for invertebrates, carrying out their little Wood Frog lives - the males for one year and the females for two years before they have to cross the road on their way to the mating ponds.
Posted by Aleta Karstad at 10:52 AM