eastern newts


natgeo Video by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
As a photographer one of the things I practice is noticing small things, details. Occasionally it pays off in unexpected ways and I sometimes see the strangest things. I often photograph red efts that I see in the forest. They are the juvenile form of the Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens). But I had never seen this before. A bright green caterpillar crossing the newt like a bridge. Funniest thing was that the newt waited  patiently for the insect to cross before moving on. There is a whole wild world on the forest floor.

You bring me home (Part 5)-Newt Series

A/N: Here we are, my loves. I loved writing this, seriously. I live for war romances. ❤️

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~War series~

Weeks had gone by since Newt arrived at the medic center, and everyday that flew by just brought you both closer together. He had slowly opened up, speaking of his family, his school days, and his interest in creatures. Though, when you pressed him for more details about them he seemed to leave out quite a bit. You couldn’t understand why, of all things to hide, animal knowledge seemed quite tame. But, you stopped bugging him about it, and instead enjoyed the conversations you both had during your breaks.

“Dear god, I’ve gone and trapped myself again, haven’t I?”

The soldier chuckled at your words, looking over the board at you as he debated his next move. You both knew he was going to win, as he always did, but you’d like to think you’ve gotten better at it. Playing chess with him was something that made the times easier, and it was a good distraction for the both of you.


Newt reached over, grabbing his piece and slowly drawing it forward, his fingers slipping over your own as he stopped on your side of the board. At his soft touch you looked up, meeting his beautiful green eyes as he stared at you. It felt like forever, just the two of you glancing at each other, as if the conversation was still going on in your head’s. But, as time ticked by he finally smiled, letting his fingers purposely slide against yours in a slow manner before he knocked your chess piece down.


You laughed joyfully at his victorious smile, and you clapped your hands together as you admitted defeat.

“I do believe I’ve lost every match, Mr. Scamander.”

“There’s always next time, Y/N.”

He settled back into his seat, clearly enjoying your company. He had grown accustomed to your presence every day, and whenever you were absent he found himself completely lost on what to do. It was frightening at times for him, because out there in the trenches, there wasn’t much time to worry about anything but staying alive. And now…now he found himself aching for the company of his nurse, and when you weren’t around he laid in bed, trying not to lose his mind.

“Oh, it’s time to prepare meals. I’ll be a moment.”

You glanced up at the clock, panic setting in when you realized you were behind your schedule. Time always went by fast when in Newt’s company, but neglecting your duties to the other soldiers wasn’t acceptable.


Newt reached for your hand, grabbing it gently as he looked up at you. He wasn’t even sure why he did that, but his mind told him to stop you, to try and keep you near because it was a rare comfort for him.

He didn’t say anything else, but you could tell by the look in his eyes what he wanted. You smiled, giving his hand a soft squeeze before letting it go and apologizing.

“I’m sorry, I’ll be back shortly. I promise.”

The soldier just released you, watching you go down the hall, his heart already beginning to ache from the loneliness.

“Merlin’s beard…”

He rubbed his face, trying to regain whatever dignity he felt he lost just then. Yet, he couldn’t deny what he felt, seeing you leave was something that set many alarms off in his head, and he wanted to jump out of his chair and go after you. But, he resigned himself to writing instead, hoping somehow this would quell the ache inside.


“Alright, soldier, I have your lun-”

You stopped just at his bed, frowning when you saw him hunched over his desk, quill moving quickly across the parchment. He took one glance at you, then hid the letter under a book, smiling to try and defuse the situation.

“You’re back.”

With a disappointed look, you set his tray down on the edge of the bed, taking a seat next to it as you stirred his soup.

“Mr. Scamander, we’ve know one another for a long time now, you don’t need to hide such things from me.”

The corner of his lips turned up into a grin, and he played with the end of his quill as he spoke truthfully to you.

“It’s not what you think.”

“And what do I think?”

You knew though, what he meant. That somehow he started writing to that girl, Leta, again. It had been a good while since you saw him pen that name, and you had just assumed perhaps that woman had left him. That she grew tired of waiting back home for a man who wouldn’t likely come back anytime soon. And yet, the same conclusion always came back. How could anyone be foolish enough to leave a man like Newt? He was entirely too perfect for words sometimes, and he held a kindness in his eyes you hadn’t seen in any man for quite some time.

Newt leaned forward in his chair, placing a hand over your thigh as he traced the patterns on your dress.

“This isn’t a nurses outfit.”

“My other one was covered in-….well, this was the only thing I could find.”

Newt trailed his eyes along your clothing, taking in all the details. He wanted to etch a perfect picture in his mind of you, something to keep him sane during the lonely nights he was likely to experience once again.

“Mr. Scamander-”


You smiled weakly at him, letting go of the spoon and cupping his cheek instead. “Don’t change the subject.”

He chuckled, sinking back into his chair as he ran a hand through his clean cut hair.

“As I said, it’s not what you think.”

“Then why are you hiding it?”

Before he could respond, the hospital director came rushing down the hall, waving you over in a panic.

“Y/N! New injured, come on!”

She ran back down the other way, her hair a mess, and clothing completely drenched in sweat and blood. Your heart began to race, and you rose without a second thought, leaving Newt once again.


“Yes, Sir.”

“Then you have your orders, Scamander. I suggest you ready yourself immediately. You’re being thrown into the eastern front.”

Newt saluted to his superior, standing at attention until the man sauntered back down the hall. He felt that familiar dread fill him, and as he looked down at the uniform set neatly on his bed he thought of you and only of you.


You turned the corner of the medical unit, sweat dripping down your brow as exhaustion began to overtake you. But, you weren’t quite done yet, there was still a few hours left in the day, and at least one of them could be spent with Newt.

As you walked down the hallway, smoothing out your smock, you glanced up stopping dead in your tracks when you came face to face with the very soldier you meant to see. Newt stood at his desk, placing his hat on his head, his eyes now meeting your own tear filled ones.

He offered you a sincere smile, and it was that moment that you understood how badly you wanted him to stay here, to never leave and be safe right next to you. You couldn’t help him out there, if he got injured, there was absolutely nothing you could possibly do to make it better, and that thought frightened you.

He grabbed the letter from his desk, and with a brisk pace he moved towards you, his boots scuffing across the ground.


“You’re leaving…”

You choked back your sobs, a painful tightening feeling developing in your chest as you did. But, crying wasn’t going to solve anything, and if this would be the last time you see him…well, you needed to be braver for him.

Newt nodded down at you, trying to remain positive as he brushed a strand of your hair behind your ear.

“Eastern front.”

You looked up at him, lifting a hand towards his face but at the last minute you lost all your resolve and you simply laid it against his jacket. You traced the metal of his many pins, trying to distract yourself from the idea of losing him.

“Mr. Scamander…”


He brought his hand up, holding it over your own that was clutching tightly to him, and rubbed his thumb over your knuckles, trying to offer some comfort. But, there wasn’t much else he could do now. He would be leaving tonight, that much was certain, no matter how desperately he wanted to stay with you.


His name escaped your lips in a broken cry, and you walked forward, laying your forehead against his strong chest. His warmth enveloped you, creating a sensation that managed to bring you ease for once. It took all your strength not to break down and cry, to hold him and beg him to stay, but when he slowly wrapped an arm around you, that was it.


Newt sighed deeply, resting his chin atop your head as he took you into his arms. This contact was foreign to him, at least as far as he could remember. He hadn’t been this close to anyone in years, and just the feeling of your body clinging to him was enough to make him grit his teeth and fight back the tears that threatened to fall.

“I’m so sorry.”

He pulled back from you, smiling as best he could under the circumstances. He fished through his jacket, pulling out the letter and placing it into your hands.

“Please make sure that reaches her. It’s important.”

Despite your emotions, you simply nodded, wanting to give him some hope even if it was sending out a letter to another woman that seemed to have his full affections.

Newt let out a soft chuckle, wiping a few of your tears away before leaning down and kissing your cheek. His lips lingered there for a moment, but whatever he was thinking he decided against it.

“Don’t read it.”

Even through all your blushing, you looked up at his handsome face, wondering why he’d say such a thing. It’s not like you ever peered into his other letters, you always took them to the post, and that was it. But, when you noticed the grin on his features, something told you he wanted you to do the exact opposite.


He walked passed you, turning one last time with a small smile before heading towards the many other soldiers ready to be shipped out once again. Your eyes never left his back, and you stood silent there in the hall until he was just a memory again. Hopelessness filled your mind, and you sank back into his bed, feeling like your whole world was swept from under you. You traced the wax seal on his letter, and when you turned it over your eyes widened.

There, in his handwriting, was your name. Not Theseus, not Leta, yours. With the quickest of movements, you broke the seal, and hastily opened the parchment.

“Ms. Y/N,

I do believe I’ve grown quite fond of you over these weeks, perhaps even more than I care to admit…words cannot express my gratitude for your most gracious care. So, allow me to just say, thank you.

If I had not bore witness to your pretty face every morning, with a tray of awful food in hand, I might’ve very well lost my mind.

Even now, you think this letter to be for another, my apologies for hiding it. I assure you, this woman you believe to be my sweetheart couldn’t be any less so…I really can’t say much of her now days. People change…I’ve changed.

I owe that to you. To you, who has given me the strength to continue, and to have something…someone, to return to once this war is over. If you’ll have me…

May we meet again, under far better circumstances.

Newt Scamander

P.S. Do practice your chess, you’re quite awful at it.”


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Originally posted by theavengers


Red Eft (Juvenile Eastern Newt) by Karen (busy)

dorkwolf-nightmare  asked:

Ok, but, since Newtina is cannon, how about heteroromantic asexual Newt and biromantic asexual Tina in a beautiful happy and healthy asexual relationship though?

They never sit still for long. With Newt always itching to find new creatures and Tina able to take off from her job whenever she likes the perks of being an auror who helped capture the darkest wizard of the age, they regularly pick up at a moment’s notice. They explore every continent, every sea, even the outer reaches of the atmosphere. There are so many undiscovered creatures. Newt befriends them all while Tina sketches. Afterwards they warm up with a cup of tea and a shared blanket. ADHD Newt’s executive dysfunction makes it hard to keep his thoughts organized when he isn’t hyperfocused on a living, breathing creature right in front of him. Tina helps Newt make sense of his vast, jumbled observations and writes them all down. 

Since they travel the world together, they also get to meet all kinds of people. They learn that relationships look different all over, and even within specific nations or cultures every relationship truly is unique. It brings them closer together and further removes them from the gossip and invalidation back home.

They meet the first child that they will eventually adopt in Eastern Europe’s dragon territory. (Newt is delighted to find her successfully tracking the same clan of Romanian Longhorns that he is in pursuit of. Tina? Not so much.) They adopt three more over the next decade.

By the time Tina and Newt have grandchildren at Hogwarts they’ve released 13 editions of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander, edited by Tina Scamander. The gold letters on each cover shine as bright as their family’s love.

- Ravenclaw Mod


Doesn’t everyone use newts as their own personal bridge? 🐛😂Repost @natgeo | 🐛Video by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
As a photographer one of the things I practice is noticing small things, details. Occasionally it pays off in unexpected ways and I sometimes see the strangest things. I often photograph red efts that I see in the forest. They are the juvenile form of the Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens). But I had never seen this before. A bright green caterpillar crossing the newt like a bridge. Funniest thing was that the newt waited patiently for the insect to cross before moving on. There is a whole wild world on the forest floor. #forestunseen #home #redeft #newt #caterpillar #bridge #funny #funnyanimals #cute #orange #green #wildlifephotography #wildlifebiologist #nature #animals #wildlife #wildlifelovers #wildlifeconservation #conservation #insect #amphibian #endextinction #forest #forestfloor #KeyConservation

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actuallyaghostthanks  asked:

Newt what's the biggest creature you've ever met?

I believe that would be one of the Ukrainian Ironbellies I worked with, during the war.  She was a massive creature- absolutely stunning. 

Thunderbird rescue; Newt Scamander x reader

This all came to me last night and I was just DYING to write it and I finished the last bit of it just this morning. I always kinda imagined ‘How did Newt really save Frank’ and this kinda was born, plus Frank is literally my all time FAV. creature, the first time I saw him in the theaters I was just in AWE of him. So while dedicated to Newt I also wanted to show my love of Frank as well.

Warnings: INTENSE FLUFF!!! traffickers (PUT A STOP TO THEM BOTH HUMAN AND ANIMALS), near death, and Mother Hen!Newt Scamander (does that even count? Oh well here I’m counting it XD)

Originally posted by fantasticbeastsofficial


It all started on a simple trip to Egypt.  I along with my lifelong friend and fellow Hogwarts student Newt Scamander were told by the Ministry to go there just to scope out any illegal actions or suspicious characters wanting to expose the wizarding community, but what we didn’t expect was for the adventure of a lifetime to happen.

One late afternoon, Newt and I were just passing through the small market place taking in all the sights of Egypt. Marketers were selling anything they could get their hands on from foods from exotic lands to valuable treasure.

“Would the lady like a necklace? My dear boy buy a pretty necklace for a pretty lady”. A jewelry salesman said to Newt and I as he held up a beautiful golden necklace with a beautiful ruby gem at the center.

“Should I?” asked Newt.

“It’s up to you, you know me I’ve never been a big jewelry fanatic, but it is a beautiful necklace”.

“Alright then, I’ll take it”.  He then paid the man five gold pieces and the jeweler handed Newt the necklace.  He then turned to me and said as he held out the beautiful necklace, “May I?”

“Of course good sir,” I said as I turned around and Newt hooked the necklace around my neck.  I turned back to face him and asked him, “How’s it look?”  Newt just stared at me and he muttered,

“Wonderful”.  I smiled bashfully and said.

“Well come on let’s go, more people could be coming and we wouldn’t want to block them”.  I then walked on as Newt followed behind me.  As the day went on, there was nothing suspicious going on nor were there any strange creatures wanting to cause havoc, that is until we saw three gentlemen walk into an alleyway.

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Newt Scamander: “What, you fought in the war?”
Jacob Kowalski: “Of course I fought in the war, everyone fought in the war – you didn’t fight in the war?”
Newt Scamander: “I worked mostly with dragons, Ukrainian Ironbellies – Eastern Front.”
—  Aka Newt secretly being a dragon tamer in the war is canon and you’ll have to pry that fact from my cold dead hands

anonymous asked:

What was it like for you when you served during the war? Did you choose to become the caretaker for the Ukrainian Ironbellies yourself, or did someone else/Theseus give that position to you?

It was a position offered to me through the Ministry.  I am glad I had the opportunity, although there where many circumstances I would have changed, if given the chance.  

Sketchbook notes! I’m trying to better familiarize myself with native species, starting with amphibians because I’m pretty bad with amphibian IDing in general. This isn’t an exhaustive species write-up or a sophisticated and precise illustration; it’s mostly just note-taking, because drawing and writing things down helps me remember stuff and I’d rather already have some of this stuff in my head if I find one when I go field herping than have to pull out a field guide :P

I’m just going in order on a list of species commonly found in my local parks; this guy was first on the list :D