Monday, June 2, 2014

Turtles on the move

Whatever social network the female painted turtles use is amazingly effective.  All the mothers-to-be seemed to be on the move on the same day. 

This is the first one we noticed, resting under the chair in front of the studio doors.

There are several bodies of water nearby or on our property.  There is also a large swampy area to the south, extending for a larger coverage of turtle attraction.

This nest was being created at the edge of a small hill in our perennial garden.  It is interesting to observe the egg-laying process, where the muddy covering is added for moisture and protection.

And at the same time, this third turtle was making her way into the other end of the perennial garden.

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