BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY


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DAY AT THE LAKE

Painted Turtles 1

These painted turtles were soaking up the June sunshine. Most summer days the logs are very crowded but so far this year turtle activity is sparse. I hope as the warmer days roll on we’ll see more of these turtles and some snapping turtles too.


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BALE OF TURTLES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Painted TurtleThere are several kinds of turtles in our waterways. These photos feature two of them – the painted turtle and the Blanding’s turtle, which has a domed shaped shell and bright yellow throat. It’s on the threatened species list so it’s pretty exciting when we see one.

Blanding's Turtle

 


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TURN OF TURTLES (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

Painted turtles are common and widespread in our region. We usually see them sunning themselves along with their buddies in mid Spring, as soon as the sun gains some heat. They’re hibernating now, nestled deep in the mud of local ponds. I look forward to seeing them again in a couple of months.


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AFTER YOU

I’ve sat on this image for quite a while, not sure whether to post it or not. I usually like to crop closer in to my subject(s) but in this case, I decided to focus on the rugged terrain and the challenging conditions these painted turtles face at our local reserve. I assume they made it safely across but I had to be somewhere that afternoon so I couldn’t wait around to find out😊.


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PAINTED TURTLES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

These painted turtles look pretty put out. In other reserves where the turtles tend to dive for cover when you approach, these turtles stay put and glare. Like frogs they blend in well to their surroundings. On a windless day if I see duckweed floating on the surface of the water, chances are a turtle underneath it is propelling it along.


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PAINTED TURTLES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

And now for a little change of pace, with the arrival of milder weather the painted turtles have returned to the surface after a long winter of hibernation. I spotted a few on the weekend and when I returned to the lake today there were even more about. Another welcome sign of the season.


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PAINTED TURTLES (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

I always associate painted turtles with lazy summer afternoons. They are either basking in the sun or going for a quiet swim. You feel yourself slowing down in their company. No better way than that to enjoy summer!