Little black salamander

From Salamander to Saxifrage (A Lucky Day)

It’s my habit now to hunt for a salamander before setting off on a hike. It’s my version of starting with a win.

Which is not to say I always find one, but you know. I know the places they love to be, and I’m pretty good at this whole salamander thing.

So here’s the tiny black salamander I found under a stump by the seep; lemme tell you, it was a quick one, and a jumper!

Little black salamander
Little black salamander

Then we all headed off for a hike. I carried Rocky part of the way down the trail, so that he would decide it was shorter to finish the circuit than to turn back.

Lance and the crew behind me on the trail
Lance and the crew behind me on the trail

We were thrilled to discover a jack-in-the-pulpit on this particular trail down in the slough; the only place we’ve seen them on our mountain before is up on our East Ridge. We’re hoping for more!

Incidentally, here’s how to tell jack-in-the-pulpit leaves from trillium leaves. They both come up at the same time, look very similar (especially before either one blooms), and are the same height, size, and color. But jack leaves have a central midrib, whereas the trilliums have three midribs. Nice little trick, huh?

Here’s Bee in her special chair, plus the lucky lucky lucky four-leaf clover I found!

Bee in her chair
Bee in her chair
four leaf clover
four leaf clover

Finally, we swung by one of the seeps to check on the branch lettuce (saxifrage). It’s delicious, abundant, and I don’t have to do a single thing to grow it. It’s absolutely thriving in this particular seep, and so is the watercress. It’s like a giant salad bowl in there!

branch lettuce & watercress
branch lettuce & watercress

I’m not sure how a hike could be any better than this!

 

2 comments on “From Salamander to Saxifrage (A Lucky Day)

  1. Shirley Galbrecht

    Nice hike made all the better by your understanding of the woods and terrain where you live. Most people would have no idea of all those treasures you found.

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe

      Hi Shirley! 🙂 I often feel like we are the luckiest people to get to live where we do. I hope to enjoy it as much as I can, as long as I can, y’know. Hope you and yours are well, friend.

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