Friday, March 25, 2011

Taricha and terroir

First the terroir: Aidan's first official wine tasting since turning 21, sampling some nice pinot at Savannah-Chanelle winery above Saratoga. The winery is adjacent to some lovely redwoods and a rushing creek. Alongside which we discovered the...

Taricha torosa, i.e. the California newt, one of my very favorite denizens of our local woods. I guess it could be a rough-skinned newt instead... one is supposed to be able to distinguish them from the color of the lower eyelid. Can you tell?

(Hat tip to LMK for the pictures)

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