Red efts are a familiar sight in New England in muddy, soggy spring, but the first glance of one brings excitement indeed! I tweeted two weeks ago that the Red Efts were crossing, as they make the journey from the muddy woods to the ponds. The Tudor family has long known this is a sure sign of spring, one of nature's many clues to us that winter will soon be banished for a few months of glorious Vermont summer.
So familiar, indeed, that Tasha included a watercolor of two boys discovering these creatures in Springs of Joy. This illustration is so characteristic of Tasha's work: old-fashioned children filled with an old-fashioned curiosity and excitement over nature. I'm sure Tasha was illustrating from her own life: her two sons or her two grandsons! Even little Elizabeth Tudor loves to wear her "puddle boots" to jump in puddles and loves to "smell the flowers."
Ellie demonstrating "how to smell the flowers" in her great-Granny Tasha's greenhouse, April 2011.