Friday, August 30, 2013

A few pictures.  

First, a small Spotted Salamander.Ambystoma maculatum, I found under a rock on our property in late July.  Posed it on a rock, but left the dirt intact.  These widespread salamanders can grow to over 9" long.  More info at or wikipedia.

Thirsty?   This is Yahoola Creek next to the old water plant.  I took this picture while checking out a construction site for inadequate erosion controls, July 29,2013. This is Dahlonega's main source of water.

Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)  thoughtfully posing by Yahoola Creek.  They are sexually dimorphic  (different markings on male and female)  This is a male.  For a comprehensive page on the Dragonflies and Damsel Flies (Odenates) in Georgia, or nearby southeast the go-to website is Giff Beaton's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast:

Caridnal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis.  I luckily recognized it when small so I didn't mow it.  Popular with hummingbirds.

Bluish tinged mushroom.  8/30/13  on our property.

Large bright orange mushrooms popped up in our lawn.  Possibly a Smooth Chanterelle, Cantharellus lateritius.  Supposed to be edible, but without using a biological key consumption may be hazardous.  
August 30,2013