Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hang On, Hellbenders...

All things considered, we're doing pretty well.  We sustained minimal damage and are very fortunate that nothing major transpired here.  I look at pictures from New York City and my heart goes out to them.  I used to live there and know that despite the tough exterior and bravado, the City can be a fragile place.


Although we've been blessed, not everyone in the area has been so lucky.  The recent drought conditions combined with all the heavy rains has caused some heavy flooding.
Gentle creeks have swollen ten times their normal size and rush rapidly.  A few of the local bridges have been closed, because they're submerged.

 
While I was driving along the detour, snapping pictures when it was both safe and convenient to stop, I thought about the hellbenders.  I've mentioned them before on the blog and how the creeks in the area are home to the rare giant salamander.  It's one of the few places in the world where they are breeding in the wild.  The water has to be pristine and be slow-moving.  So along with everyone else... hang on, hellbenders!

8 comments:

Zoe Nelson said...

We have hellbenders in the New River near me, too. Locals here call them "mud puppies".

Andrew Thornton said...

That's cool! I think they're related, but maybe not the same. Mud puppies generally have a frilly gill. The next time I go down to visit my sister though, I'll have to check it out. I think they're such neat creatures.

taralinda said...

THAT is a song! "Hang on Hellbenders!!" ;)

Sara Oehler said...

I love your unique perspective on life. Whenever I visit your blog, I am struck by the beauty of your words. You are a special soul, Andrew.

Kristen said...

I would love to see them!! Next time I am in PA I will have to check them out!

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Tara! If you write a song with that lyric and win a Grammy, I want a picture with it!

Andrew Thornton said...

Thanks for your kind words, Ask Sara. I feel really honored to be able to share my life in this way.

Hey... a ladybug is crawling across my desk! Whenever I see ladybugs now, I think of you!

Sara Oehler said...

Nice! Ladybugs make me happy. :)