Saturday, November 02, 2013

turtle, turtle . . .

Generally, box turtles dig in and hibernate when the cooler temps arrive . . . but down here in the "Deep South", hibernation time happens a little later.  We're still having temps in the 70's (and sometimes close to the 80's) so we're still seeing turtles out and about in the sanctuary!  Wednesday was a gorgeous warm and sunny day and at one point there were sixteen (out of about twenty-something) walking around!  Thursday morning it was cooler and misty/rainy, but still we had turtles out!

Here's a panographic photo of the sanctuary . . .
Clicking on the photo will enlarge this one -- it's a really beautiful space.  We love to sit out in the screened room (on the left hand side) and have coffee and watch our turtle friends and just relax!

That Thursday morning we had one super-athlete turtle out and about.  When we first spotted him, he was doing laps in the pond . . .
When he climbed out, he climbed up the "beach" and headed straight up the rock waterfall.
You can do it!
BAM!

One of the things that I really love about the turtles is their ability to hide in plain sight.  Let me demonstrate:
Sometimes they're under ferns.

Sometimes their buried in leaves with their heads sticking up (watching me -- always watching me)!

Running the metal track.  Again . . . watching me.  Their necks are super long!

Under a log.  This is one their (and my) favorite spots!!

Under a limb . . . but if you look closely, you'll see he's really not *that* far in!

On *top* of a pile of leaves!  Really, I walked by this guy two or three times before I realized he was there!
Aren't they fun??  Daytime temps are supposed to stay mild through the next week, so I imagine we'll continue to see them out and about.  
Maybe they've got one more story in 'em before hibernation time!  This is one of our sweet little females -- she likes to be petted!  The males' eyes are strikingly red (go back up and look at our athlete turtle), while the females tend to have browner or duller eye color.  There was a lot of *activity* out in the sanctuary before things got really chilly, so maybe we'll have baby turtles next spring/summer??!!  And just so everyone knows, these are turtles, not tortoises.  The difference between the two is the turtle is a water critter and tortoises are land critters.  Box turtles are actually related to the water critters (hence our swimmer at the beginning of the post)!

Fear the Turtle!  (Reference??)

:)

12 left a comment . . .:

Quilter Kathy said...

I love turtles and enjoyed your photos!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just a fun activity.

Doniene said...

How fun!!! Enjoyed the photos!!!

Blessings

Janet O. said...

You are a veritable well of fascinating information (and photos), Denise! : )

Melissa Bishop said...

Sixteen! I thought for some reason, that you only had one. What a great habitat you've made for them, Mrs. Steward of the lady! :D Awesome!

Farm Quilter said...

What a beautiful turtle sanctuary you have created - so safe and lovely!! I can see why you could spend hours watching them - thank you for sharing them with us :)

Beth in MN said...

Wow! What fun to watch. I would never get anything done because I would be watching them all the time.

Needled Mom said...

How fun! They are masters at hiding, aren't they?

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

We had a pet turtle when I was little. Unfortunately, he got out of the chain link fence and we never saw him again. I've liked turtles ever since.

Sarah said...

A little creepy with all the turle eyes watching, no? Maybe they are making sure they won't get stepped on while hiding. LOL because they can quickly move out of your way! What software do you use for your panoramics? I've misplaced mine...

Jean(ie) said...

Fascinating. Natures camouflage.

Kate said...

The sanctuary is a beautiful place. Fun photos of all the turtles.