Wednesday, June 29, 2011
This is our first foray into the PNA. Fred has found three Red-backed Salamanders, one of them in a drift of twiggy debris from spring floods up at bridge-level. As I paint, four of the many orange and brown slugs that are so plentiful here crawl on the rocks near my feet, and I reach down to collect them. In addition to my role as visiting artist at the Bio-blitz, I am the "slug expert."
Sophie and Mary have forded the creek and walked farther up the road to check for other places of easy access to the creek for algae and fish sampling. A pair of four-wheelers churn across and scramble up the far bank, the first nearly tipping backward, and the second using a winch cable. What a contrast between our expense and effort in pursuit of knowledge and theirs in pursuit of thrills!
Posted by Aleta Karstad at 9:27 AM