Saturday, July 23, 2011

The wonders of nature

 A snapping turtle crawling across the driveway, rider leech on it's back.   It may not be attractive, a little creepy  with the leech, but I get a charge out of it anyway.  I'm one of a few people I know to get excited about snapping turtles living in my pond.  I haven't seen any since a few years ago there was a huge old female laying her eggs in the pasture.  I found her dead later that summer, but this may be one of those babies that hatched.    I was trying to drive in the driveway, so I got out and herded the turtle off to the side with my ice scraper.   

I hear they are a delicacy.
Photo by John Harrison at,   used with permission

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