Eastern Newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) are a common sight on the forest floors of Pawlet — and too often become part of our dirt roads in their travels to new ponds — but, they're less often seen in larger groups like this. I came across a dozen of these juvenile Newts in their land-dwelling red eft stage in a wriggling orange pile while out searching for fall mushrooms.

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Photographs from the Quiet Wilderness of Pawlet, Vermont by Ryan Van Meter

Photographs & Words © 2022 — Ryan Van Meter