It was the first rainy weekend of Fall. MickeyD and I went for a soaking walk/bike in search of amphibians at our favorite neighborhood "pond", Burnt Bridge Creek. It's a great example of how those pesky treehuggers (or in this case, frogkissers) are turning old urban irrigation ditches like this (left) into fabulous reclaimed watersheds that not only protect our little burg from seasonal flooding, but provide great habitat for all manner of wild critters, as well as terrific, easily accessible nature walks and recreational opportunities right in our own backyard (below) .
And Fauna. Pac. NW Petting Zoo on the Left. Yes, it's a slug. They taste like chicken! (kidding) . Though I believe they are, in fact edible (NW Escargot!) I'd say they'd be a protein source of last resort. No medicinal use that I know of. If we found one we could start a whole new industry, I'm sure. Amphibian pond dweller on the Right.