>Opening the shutters this morning, the early sun shone on a splendid creature sitting between the shutter and
the door. I quickly took a picture before it retreated
into the dark under a nearby bush.
It is the Marbled Newt and the glossy green, black and orange colors are simply striking in their contrast and brilliancy – probably right up Jane Thornley‘s inspiration alley! Also see these notes on the newt, Triton marbré in French.