A Spring Walk to View Frog’s Spawn
Clumps of frog spawn in local pools
Spring is well underway here in Donegal, and frogs have been busy producing frog spawn for around 2 weeks now. I always feel such JOY when I see their clumps of eggs in water pools along my regular walking route.
They remind me of my childhood, when I used to collect frog spawn in a jam jar of water, to take to school. My classmates and I deposited our collections into a fish tank in the classroom, delighting when the eggs eventually hatched into tadpoles with little tails. These tadpoles morphed into tiny frogs, which we released into the wild once again.
I do not know if children still collect frog spawn today, and wonder if it would have been kinder to leave the eggs in their original birthplace?
I do know that Nature is a remarkable teacher, and my love of the outdoors grew from those early insights into frogs and their offspring…
A deeper pool was alive with mummy frogs depositing their eggs. As I grew nearer they disappeared under water.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.