buttercup & dandelion bouquet with walnuts

Buttercups, Dandelions, and Salamanders

It’s possible that I love finding salamanders more than I love finding blue crawdads, but maybe that’s only because the salamanders won’t pinch me when I pick them up.

As the weather warms, we’ll get to see more and more salamanders here, and if I’m lucky I’ll also get to see lots of babies hatching and growing. It takes a bit more patience, timing, and just the right pool of water to find the babies, but it can be done.

And living where I do, in these Appalachian mountains with the greatest diversity of salamanders anywhere in the nation, my chances are good.

Today I found these two brown salamanders by the seep. Mostly they are active in the evenings when threats from predators (birds, snakes, raccoons, etc.) are lower. But they are also easy to find during or after a good soaking rain; they like the wet.

Salamander of the day
Salamander of the day
Wait, another salamander
Wait, another salamander

Finally, I picked buttercups out of the seep, and added them to the newly-everywhere dandelions. Since the ground is so wet and soft, I thought about digging some dandelion roots for tea, but decided this little bouquet was enough for now.

buttercup & dandelion bouquet with walnuts
buttercup & dandelion bouquet with walnuts

2 comments on “Buttercups, Dandelions, and Salamanders

  1. Sherry Siddall

    I see your posts on Facebook too, so I don’t always comment, but I always enjoy.

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe

      Thank you for letting me know, Sherry; I appreciate your kind thought and your encouragement!

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