On the memorable day of July 28th, I was “diving” in the swamp margin of Cedar Lake just north of Campbell River, British Columbia. This meter deep area of the lake is filled with Yellow Water Lily and Water-shield plants, as well as lots of logs and tree trunks. For an hour or so I was swimming around happily shooting abstract images of the reflections of the lily leaves in the underneath surface of the water.
While I was poking along through a gap in the stalks of the Water-shield plants caused by a fallen log I glanced to my right and saw a surprising sight. What looked like a cloud of locusts was coming towards me through the water. It was the beginnings of a group of tadpoles.
The leading edge of this swarm headed right towards me and then followed the same log I was using as a pathway. I quickly got my camera into action and started shooting. Little did I know that I would take a photo that day that would help define my photography path. The tadpoles kept streaming past me for what seemed like five minutes, in a column that resembled an army marching into battle. Eventually ending I followed them to their destination. This turned out to be a couple of tree stumps right at the edge of the lake shore where they started to feed on the algae growing there.
Later I found out that these were the tadpole stage of the Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas). This is a boreal toad living in higher elevation forest areas. It comes down to sources of water to breed in spring.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Photograph Date: 2012
Medium: Chromogenic Print
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