David Brendan Hall

Most Elusive Object of Our Affection

The Barton Springs Salamander

Oh, luminous, silvery blue-gray, blind amphibian with salt-and-pepper spots, we look for you in the bottom of the springs, in the caves and rock crannies around the creek, hiding in the algae. You're our canary in a coal mine, our endangered salamander that lives nowhere else in this whole wide world but our fair Barton Springs. Eurycea sosorum, we'll keep the waters pure for you.

Barton Springs Pool
2131 William Barton Dr., 512/974-6300
austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

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