Monday, November 20, 2006


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I've been outside cleaning up for the arrival of Thanksgiving guests, raking leaves, hauling plant clippings to the burn pile and occasionally turning over a log or large flower pot. These two were under just such a pot; the first salamanders I've seen this year. Salamanders are prevalent on the north coast of California. Judging from the photos on this web site, the ones I found are called Ensatina. I also come across the Pacific Giant Salamander and a really tiny one called a California Slender. Obviously I find them enchanting. After subjecting them, gently, to the indignities of being photographed, I safely returned them to the underside of the flower pot.

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