I spent my weekend at Council Bluff Lake in the Mark Twain National Forest. I did a little bit of botanizing, but the flora of Missouri is still a bit foreign to me. While I think plants are awesome, I've got a sweet spot for my amphibian friends as well. Turning over rocks and logs near small ponds and streams around the lake yielded a surprising number of salamanders. I rejoiced the opportunity to do some herping in such a diverse area as the Ozarks.