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I took my family camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer. We got to see a lot of the native wildlife. My daughter, Sierra, is now a salamander freak. She loves salamandering…which suits me just fine. I have thrown a few of the images into this post where the photographs were worth viewing.

The mountain streams were beautiful...and loaded with salamanders.

The mountain streams were beautiful...and loaded with salamanders.

The Imitator Salamander (Desmognathus imitator) is named for its resemblance to Jordan's Salamander (Plethodon jordani), also found in the region.

The Imitator Salamander (Desmognathus imitator) is named for its resemblance to Jordan's Salamander (Plethodon jordani), also found in the region.

The Imitator Salamander (Desmognathus imitator).

The Imitator Salamander (Desmognathus imitator).

The Black-Bellied Salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus).

The Black-Bellied Salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus).

The Black-Bellied Salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus).

The Black-Bellied Salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus).

A juvenile Black-Bellied Salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus).

A juvenile Black-Bellied Salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus).

Bioluminescent mushroom (Mycena species) in daylight.

Bioluminescent mushroom (Mycena species) in daylight.

Bioluminescent mushroom (Mycena species) in daylight.

Bioluminescent mushroom (Mycena species) glowing in the dark.

Bioluminescent mushroom (Mycena species) in daylight.

Bioluminescent mushroom (Mycena species) glowing in the dark.

A larviform female Phengodid beetle in daylight.

A larviform female Phengodid beetle in daylight.

A larviform female Phengodid beetle glowing in the dark.

A larviform female Phengodid beetle glowing in the dark.

A larviform female Phengodid beetle glowing in the dark.

A larviform female Phengodid beetle glowing in the dark.

A Robber Fly native to the region.

A Robber Fly native to the region.

A Robber Fly native to the region.

A Robber Fly native to the region.

Written by Dante


3 comments on “Great Smoky Mountains National Park camping trip”

  1. Henry Robison:

    Once again you have shown how fantastic your photography is…. even on a family trip! The GSMP is one of the most awesome places on earth and I relish every time I get the opportunity to go there. Your salamander photos are absolutely the BEST ever! Great job Dante!


  2. Noah:

    I was looking at this blog and truly loved it. This has a handful of really superb pictures-really allowed me to soak up the biology. I’d personally love to thank you for the blog! I was curious about if you have got an email list in order to always keep up to date on this page?
    Noah


  3. Lyn:

    Cool images, friendly posts


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