The gist of things here in my hometown, set within the arcs of things in the wider world, all from my uniquely biased point of view. Feel free to extend the horizons with your comments.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Yes, I saw a salamander yesterday, in the shed. I can't remember when I last saw one; it must be several years ago, at least. The shed floor looked awfully dry for a salamander, so I tried to catch it in a little dip net that just happened to be lying nearby, but it crawled under some junk so I had to leave it. Why didn't I just grab it? I almost did, but then I remembered hearing that human hands are hard on salamander skin (something about salts, I think). And of course salamanders use their skin to breathe. When we were kids we used to pick them up and examine them closely - I hope they didn't suffer too much.