|Down the trail to Kachina Natural Bridge.|
|Ancient symbols and stone tool sharpening grooves high on the southeast buttress of Kachina Bridge.|
|NPS archaeology crew at work on Kachina Bridge.|
Being underneath the massive natural bridge is always pleasant. Besides the ample shade, the yawning opening of the bridge usually provides a kind of breezeway effect to make it feel even more comfortable.
After talking with the crew for a while, I went amphibian hunting. It didn't take long. The pool of water nearby the bridge -- the mouth of Armstrong Canyon where it enters White Canyon -- was still deep enough for what seem to be salamander larvae, probably Tiger Salamanders, Ambystoma tigrinum. They had twin pairs of gills on each side, long tails, and legs.
|Salamander larvae in canyon pool near Kachina Natural Bridge.|
|Tiger Salamander larva in the canyon pool.|
Photo location: Natural Bridges National Monument, San Juan County, southeast Utah.
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