Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Season's First Turtle

There he (distinguished by his red eye) was hanging out by the garden fence. He was quite personable. He let me pick him up and wasn't a bit afraid as some I've had who have only wanted to dodge inside their shells and hide.
I took a few closeups to document his visit and watched him scoot along on his way. I was just happy to know he was around.
Linking to Saturday's Critters.

31 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

ADORABLE!

George said...

I think I found his cousin in one of our flower beds earlier this week. I didn't get good pictures, however.

richard said...

cute fellow...

DeniseinVA said...

Always a good feeling to see the turtles appear again. He's a handsome one.

Margaret Adamson said...

he is lovely Carletta.

Red said...

We don't have turtles here so for me they are interesting critters.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I LOVE THIS! I have had box turtles (and others)my entire life. Growing up in Chicago (until age 10), we couldn't have cats or dogs.
I have had several who looked just like this Eastern Box Turtle. Thank you for sharing!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He is so darn cute. What is it about turtles? I love them too. Lovely to get such a great close-up. I usually have to sneak up on them with a long lens.

Linda said...

This is delightful, Carletta...and adorable!

Betsy Adams said...

Hello Mr. Turtle!!! Welcome to Spring!!!! Isn't he a beauty????

I am still on the mend from my surgery ---and being impatient, I cannot wait to feel like ME again.

Hugs,
Betsy

diane b said...

He's a beauty. Does he stay in your yard?

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What fun to have a turtle in your yard. We had a small bat hanging from the inside of the deck umbrella and a tiny frog under the umbrella stand - but no turtle.

Ida said...

What a fine looking turtle. Do you have a pond nearby?

Carletta said...

DIANE: I HOPE HE LIVES NEARBY. WE HAVE LIVED ON OUR FIVE ACRES FOR ALMOST SEVEN YEARS AND HAVE SEEN ONE EVERY YEAR. THEY DO NOT TRAVEL FAR AND USUALLY LIVE WITHIN AN AREA LESS THAN 200m IN DIAMETER SO I FEEL HE'S ALWAYS CLOSE.
IDA: YES, WE DO HAVE TWO SMALL PONDS OF GOLDFISH. THIS IS AN EASTERN BOX TURTLE SO IT LIVES ON LAND AND HIBERNATES IN LOOSE SOIL UP TO TWO FEET.

Ela said...

Wow ! Really gorgeous !!

Jeanne said...

He's really cute! Turtles seem to be a popular pet lately around here. We have a friend that has one and they named him "Tank." I thought that was a very good name for a turtle.

Carole M. said...

they're quite unique

Lina Gustina said...

Wonderful critter.
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eileeninmd said...

I love to see the box turtles, a great visitor Carletta..Thank you for sharing your post with Saturday's Critters.. Have a happy weekend!

Rajesh said...

Fantastic images of the turtle.

Karen said...

Great images Carletta, he's adorable.

EG CameraGirl said...

What fun to find a turtle friend!

Wandering Wren said...

Wow - we have never had a turtle in the garden of any of the countries we have lived in, lucky you!!
Wren x

bettyl-NZ said...

I can't say he's pretty but your photos are really awesome!

Snap said...

I love turtles. How wonderful to have one nearby. I hope this handsome critter sticks around. Happy Critter Day!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely shots! He has beautiful patterns on his shell.

Karen said...

Terrific head shot! I love turtles!

Rose said...

I have not seen one yet! Yours is quite the handsome fellow!

Gary Phillips said...

Great find!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

Shey Wicklund said...

He looks so cute and nicely captured for us to see.

kelley jensen said...

what a fun subject.