04.25.2021 Painted Turtles on a Log

Yesterday afternoon I set out to photograph turtles.  I don’t usually shoot mid-afternoon but they like to bask in the sun and morning at this time of the year is too cool. I found them in a couple of places along the rail trail but especially liked this foursome.

Click the image then at the lower right a second time for a larger view.

I first saw this scene from further to the left and made some images while there were just three.  But as I walked along I noticed the one to the left climb onto the log and got this neck stretch.  Maybe he was checking to see what the traffic tie up was. Also, from this angle it looks like I got four images at different times of the same turtle.  I guess it got too crowded for the guy leaving.


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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34 Responses to 04.25.2021 Painted Turtles on a Log

  1. Ann Mackay says:

    Looks like they’re in a queue, but they’re not observing the correct social distancing…

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  2. Ms. Liz says:

    And then I right-clicked to open in a new window and got an even larger view! so worth it too, the colours of these creatures are amazing – they really do look painted! Stunning!

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  3. Astonishing red and yellow war paint on their necks and faces visible when zooming in. Wonderful image, and so well aligned.

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  4. Littlesundog says:

    I see a little mud still hanging on the shells of these turtles, as if they just emerged from the winter season. There’s much to love about this image – reflections in the water, layers of texture in the shoreline, poses of the turtles and rich, earthy tones. I see these four as juveniles venturing out to check out the sunning digs after a long winter of being cooped up!

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    • They are just emerging although for about a week or so now. We had a few days of cold weather and I think they probably buried themselves in the mud again until things warmed up once more. Eventually they’ll wash up nice and clean. Thanks, Lori!

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  5. Yesterday, I went for a walk at a local park and we saw so many of these little turtles lined up on logs! So cool!!

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  6. Consisting of four turtles, this is a much more orderly group than the more than two dozen I documented six weeks ago. The most I ever found lined up on a log was 14:

    Turtles: 14 sunning and 1 swimming


  7. shoreacres says:

    See how the one with the stretched neck has a rear foot and leg extended? They do that to increase the amount of body surface available to soak up sunlight and warmth. I’ve seen them with all four legs extended while they balance on their shells. If the one at the left had just come up out of the water, it probably was cooler than the others on the log.

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  8. Nice Steve! Like the reflections!

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  9. Peter Klopp says:

    Wonderful image of the log being visited by the turtles, Steve! I guess they need the warmth of every bit of sun they can get. Our lake would be too cold for them. Tourists rarely go swimming in it even in the hottest summer weather.

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  10. Eliza Waters says:

    Emergence is a heartening sight! Warmer days ahead. 🙂

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  11. eremophila says:

    Turtles are close to my heart, as we travel in a similar mode, with our shelter wrapped around us😀 I have a tiny collection of tiny ones, sadly never living, although they live for me. Still, not quite as beautiful as your line-up.

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