Figure 1. Russula emetica with notopthalmus viridescens. Archbald Pothole State Park, Archbald, PA. Photo: author.

I stopped to photograph the little red mushroom, a russula emetica, in a recent (late July) visit to Archbald Pothole State Park. Potholes are a familiar feature in Pennsylvania roads, but in this case we are talking about an erosion feature in rock caused by water likely falling down from a glacial-period ice sheet. Anyway, the park is reasonably pristine.

But to my surprise, when I looked at the photo later, I discovered I had simultaneously snapped a red eft, a type of salamander (notopthalmus viridescens). These suckers turn green after a few years of living on land, so this is a juvenile specimen. Neither of these makes good eatin’! They’ll spoil your day. But they’re both beautiful and exciting accidental discoveries.

This picture was throwaway-bad because I exposed it too long. However, Topaz SharpenerAI came to the rescue and tidied the image up substantially!

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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