Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Cemex Reserve, Fairborn, Ohio
"Leave the road, take the trails." - Pythagoras
An early afternoon trek along the marsh and wetland pond had me seraching far and wide for shorebirds. This day had many mallards and several egrets, yet I almost stepped on this turtle that was drying off in the middle of the trail. The grass was about taller than the camoflauged amphibian! Laying down low and making patient movements, I took this shot kneeling while looking to show the eye between the blades of grass. This image was the only keeper for that moment.
However then I got over my head. I left a specific lens I wanted to use at the vehicle fairly far away. In an attempt to outsmart the turtle, I gingerly powerwalked back to grab the piece of kit. In less than five minutes, I returned to the turtle being completely out of sight. Sometimes a good memory is better than a bad photograph, or no photograph at all.
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