I’m back

It’s been a busy summer.  Thanks to all of you faithful readers who still check on me now and then.

I’ve been walking lately.  Monte and I go for our daily walk and log 4+ miles a day, six days each week.  We see lots of fun stuff along the way and I thought I’d share some of it with you.

We had a good steady-over night rain recently.  This always brings out the salamanders.  I can count on seeing red efts but this day was a banner day.  We “rescued” one large one and at least a dozen tiny ones from the middle of the road.  The one in the photo was about 1″ long.

And the most exciting thing was finding this small spotted salamander – in the road.  They are rarely seen and spend the vast majority of their lives under ground.  What a treat to see this one.

We saw several caterpillars, a brown fuzzy one whose picture was too blurry to post, and this fabulous green striped one.  Don’t you wonder what he’ll grow up to be?

Fall is not far away.  The tell-tale signs are there, even though we are in denial.  The nights are cool and crisp and the stars are amazing.  And here and there are tiny little touches of red and gold, foreshadowing hues to come.

Along with all that inspiring beauty, nature is making its own art prints.

Thanks for sharing our walk.  So glad to have your company.


2 Responses to “I’m back”

  1. 1 Ellen September 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I love the caterpillar! Did you ever find out what it will turn into?

  2. 2 Lynne September 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    After some further research, the green caterpillar resembles photos I’ve found of the pine sphinx moth larva (Lapara ciniferarum). See if you agree.

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