Thursday, December 31, 2009

I got ONE MORE TRIP in by the end of 2010, and I felt the need to post about it before midnight tonight!

It was a little trip (December 27th, chilly at a high around 50), a mini salamandering trip to visit the ambiguous duskies (not ambiguous anymore - I now am sure that these are common duskies, Desmognathus fuscus) with my 5 year-old niece Mariana.

We had an easy time finding the dark, chunky duskies, but a really hard time keeping them in hand once we found them - I need special gloves or something to hold onto the little wrigglers. Here's a shot of one in the water after I gave up trying to catch it:

I'll wind up with a shot of my able hiking buddy, Mariana, standing by the Chattahoochee River. She turned over many rocks but probably had even more fun tossing pine cones in the water and poking sticks into mud puddles - a great time either way.