Lucky for us the canopy is starting to fill in on the trees and as the rain started to fall we basically stayed dry.
These guys had me stumped for awhile as to what they are but I believe the mystery has been solved...I think they are Sharp Lobed Hepatica.
|Is this English Plantain?|
Our friends got a new puppy this week and she was so sweet but the long walk wore her out. My girls were quite happy to be allowed to help carry her.
|Strange variegation on these Trillium leaves....disease perhaps?|
Still have to figure out this little one too...any ideas?
Finally after close to two hours of walking pretty much the whole time, we stumbled upon an area of what we thought might be Vernal Pools. We searched around a bit but didn't know what to look for and didn't see anything of interest.
|Sierra examining a Jack-in-the-pulpit|
Then we found them...
First we saw some eggs. We aren't sure if they are frog eggs or salamander eggs.
|Frog or salamander eggs?|
|Eastern Newt Eft|
Eastern Newt Efts. We will have to go back again soon as the pools ended up being only about 20 minutes from the parking lot when we followed the bikers directions; thankfully as Aayla was beyond tired by this point.
A wonderful walk with friends and such an amazing surprise to find the Vernal Pools and the salamanders. A beautiful way to brighten up a grey day.