08.03.2014 Turtle on a Hot Wood Raft

With apologies to T. WIlliams and E. Taylor who was no turtle.

Hey, gnarly dude hangin’ twenty.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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26 Responses to 08.03.2014 Turtle on a Hot Wood Raft

  1. Painted turtle? Very nice uncluttered shot.

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  2. Jim in IA says:

    That’s pretty funny. Smart guy.

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  3. Haha, yeah. Tubular, man

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  4. What’s the story behind the platform? Happenstance or a permanent structure of some sort? Beautiful specimen. Just a few weeks ago we were biking along a rail trail when we spotted a snapper out sunning on a rock in the creek. I only had the 24-70 with me so knew I’d have to get close. You know how the rest of this goes … off the bike … get the camera out … scramble down the very steep embankment (get really dirty, I’ll do anything for a nice shot) … approach quietly … bring the camera to eye level … inhale … PLUNK, off into the water he goes! I don’t think I’m much of a wildlife photographer! How did you manage to get close without disrupting your subject? Luck, or skill? D

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    • I’ve heard that kerplunk more often than not, D. It’s almost like they know what you are doing and wait until just the right moment to frustrate you to damnation.
      Wildlife photography is not my fortรฉ either. This was with a 300 f/4 and a 1.4 extender plus about a 50% crop. So not as close as it seems, but with precise focusing for the crop.
      As far as the platform, I don’t know why it is there. There are a couple of them on the pond. I should find out. They are anchored so obviously intended to be where they are. It is possible that they are for the turtles.
      Here’s a post where I did get pretty close. https://sggphoto.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/11-19-2013-balancing-act-and-a-turtle-turf-war/

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    • I’ve since contacted someone more in the civic know than myself and she isn’t sure, but thinks it could be for the turtles in fact. I don’t know if news coverage made it to WPA, but Amherst is somewhat well know for creating 2 salamander tunnels, with very large terrestrial funnels to guide them under a road so they can safely make their spring migration to their frenzied mating dance without being run over. So why not turtle sunning platforms too?

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  5. Talk about keeping the image clean, well done! Great turtle as well.

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  6. Just Rod says:

    I want to sing “I love Turtles” but I don’t want to give free advertising to the chocolate company.

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  7. Do you remember The Turtles and “Happy Together”?

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  8. And thus my apology to T. Williams and Liz Taylor who was “Cat”. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I was going to link a Flo and Eddie performance with Zappa, but I couldn’t honestly in good taste as pretty much everything they did with him was tasteless….and as I have never been praised for my good taste in things social, you can imagine how bad it must have been.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    Gosh, that’s a great photo. I see a lot of turtles, and have a few photos, but our turtles don’t always clean up so well for their portrait sessions. Mine usually are covered in duckweed, or have their head inside their shell, or something.

    I have seen as many a dozen all lined up together. I suppose the sociability level might vary among the species, too. I just don’t know. But this one looks pretty happy.

    In one of his short stories, Williams talks about the “rocking horse weather” of California. Easy, rhythmic, comfortable. It looks to me like the turtle has himself some rocking horse weather.

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