Imagine my surprise this weekend when I found this delicate little creature in my garden! I always thought the fresh little holes in the dirt were dug by squirrels. And they can be but they also get a little help from these benevolent garden guests.
You can see how tiny and shy she is. In fact, they are all very shy and a little like hermit crabs. Each one collects different lichens, bark and moss to grow on their back as camouflage. They have very tender, soft skin – a little similar to a salamander although not wet or sticky. Some have spots like this one but others can have stripes or shift colors.
She has chosen to grow one of my favorite lichens, the Pixie Cup Lichen, as her camouflage. We spent a quiet moment enjoying the garden and then she quickly hopped out of site.
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- Rode the tram today with my awesome niece @carol_fried and nephew @jackzacob with views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. Then we hiked around my old childhood stomping grounds where my lil sis (their momma) and I played @ohsunews. I showed them the buildings where their grandparents worked. We even made it to our old house on SW 11th fondly dubbed "the shack" which is now a swanky tiny house with gorgeous views of the east. @karmenschmidt
- It was so hot today I was wishing for the Deschutes River and it's ice cold water. I love how the sun reflecting off then after looks holographic.
- Such a cool geological feature. Love Fort Rock. Great hike this am with @jackzacob @carol_fried @ani.eee @bear_schipperke @karmenschmidt! Missed you @sonofhighlonesome . We were the only ones there for quite some time. And the acoustics from one side to the other were great!
- When something stings you…#nocameraskills #whatwasthat #beardrinkingwater #momtalksholeintheground
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