I was doing some late season yard work. We had another hard frost overnight. It was very cool and breezy outside. I did the last mowing of the year, trimmed the arbor, and put away odds-and-ends.
I moved a few paving stones, and I uncovered 2 red newts. They were sluggish in the cold of the morning. I ran into the house to grab my cell phone to snap a few pictures. When I got back, there was still one newt. After snapping a few photos, it scrambled off. These were the first newts I have seen on the property. What a thrill!