A tiny, brightly colored juvenile Eastern Newt, commonly referred to as a Red Eft, crawls along the forest floor. It's bright orange skin stands in stark contrast to the surounding litter of leaves, twigs, and bits of tree bark. All seemingly insumountable obstacle for this delicate little amphibian.

You won’t find a much more delicate creature roaming the forest floor than the juvenile Eastern Newt, commonly known as the red eft. This little guy (gal?) was only about 2 in. (5cm) and very hard to miss, with such bright orange skin, as I was strolling along the trail. The adults are much less showy in color, and can reach a length of 5 in. (12.7 cm) and can live between 12 – 15 years in the wild.


A single pink rose pagonia, a wild orchid found in peat bogs, itsdelicate pink petals covered in morning dew

Photographed on the same day as the Red Eft above, this Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides), a wild orchid found typically in fens and bogs. Also known as the snake mouthed orchid, this beautiful specimen was beautifully crowned with dew when I photographed it.

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18 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

  1. Your newt really looks like a dainty little creature 🙂 Loving your wild orchid too – orchid is my flower :). Damn this snow!!!. Re. your PS note: will I be disqualified if I vote for all of them? 😀

  2. Nice flower,my favorite color.Thank you for sharing a picture. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    1. It is amazing how many of them don’t look like your typical flower. There are several that grow in my area that I’ve yet to discover, the search continues…

    1. Thanks Jo. If you haven’t already, check out the link in the post about them. The beauty sure fades as they grow to adulthood. That great orange color turns into a drab olive/brown.

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