I was out and about enjoying a couple of hours hiking at Henry Cowell Park, which is a state park near Santa Cruz, California, when I ran across (fortunately not literally) an elusive lesser brown dragon!*
My job involves a split shift where I’m at loose ends for a couple of hours in the middle of the day, so I have been filling my time with hiking, running, and working out. One unanticipated side effect of this is I’ve been seeing all sorts of sights I think are worth taking pictures of and collecting here. I figure that since I want to post at least somewhat regularly on my blog and I’m not painting as much these days, then I need to expand my horizons a bit … so enter the dragon, as it were.
Our newt, as you can see, blends in pretty well with the detritus of the trail. I only saw him/her/it because she was legging it pretty hard and the movement caught my eye. Thank goodness because I would not have been happy at all to accidentally step on such an adorable little creature!**
The beastie made it to the other side of the trail and I think she’d thoroughly had enough of the strange, probably hideously smelly giant taking pictures of her, and appeared to look for a convenient rock or branch to hide under. I took this as my hint and decided to leave the lesser brown dragon alone and get back to my hike.
I did play another game of Blood Bowl last night too (busy day) and will post about that soon. I’m going to work a little on painting today too. It is pretty nice outside for February, so I might try and prime a couple of Nurgle linemen/rotters. I also have a couple of pretty sexy pictures of various banana slugs I encountered further along on the Rincon Trail. So all in all lots to talk about these days.
* My husband did a little poking around online after I mentioned to him that I had done so without success and said that he thought our draconic friend was a rough-skinned newt. What stood out most to me was reading that the dragon could release a “strong toxin” from its skin, etc. etc. I’m glad my only designs on our friend were photographic!
** The encounter give me the germ of an idea about a giant who doesn’t want to step on things, which are quite large to us but small to her. Not sure where to go with that yet but time will tell.