I haven't seen these guys - California newt - since last rainy season. It just makes me wonder where they are all those dry months. Well for one they must be busy making little California newts.
I spotted several of these little ones and only one adult during my hike. You have to be really careful walking on the trail for they blend in so readily with the ground, it is only their slow movement that gives them away. Oh my day would be ruined if I accidentally stepped on one. Of course his day would be more than just ruined.
As it is with birds, I grabbed this shot first just to get something in the camera. Then I was able to slowly move in on him with my macro lens in the first two pictures. I was surprised he posed for me for as long as he did.
As cute as they are, you don't want to pick one up for their skin produces a potent toxin.
This is why they are free and safe to move about so slowly.