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Archive for April 7, 2010

Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some photographs I’ve recently taken as well as some of my favorites from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

A CONGRESS OF AMPHIBIANS

On the first warm (mid-40’s and up), rainy nights of spring, certain amphibians emerge from beneath the ground where they have been hibernating all winter and head for their ancestral breeding pools.   Amphibians breathe through their moist skin, and thus rain and darkness during these migrations above ground are imperative. Last night was such a night – in two hours’ time at one location along a fairly busy road,  I assisted over 50 spotted salamanders, easily twice than number of wood frogs and many peepers as they attempted to cross the road. Unfortunately, many had perished prior to when I happened upon this “hot spot.”  Next year I’ll be there before darkness falls!

(From left to right:  wood frog – spring peeper – spotted salamander)