Another Dark and Stormy Night

Variation within a "species" of salamander
Variation within a "species" of salamander

I had in mind to begin researching the topic of “salamander ecology” to supplement my notes from last Saturday’s Mt. Rogers field trip. But…

It was a dark and stormy night, and the dog was tormented by the lightning and we were tormented in turn by the dog.

So this picture from last week is as far as I’ll get towards my original hopes. We roll with the punches and the thunder. Life goes on.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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