Saturday, July 26, 2008

Creature Comforts

Well, I'll just cut right to it. We now have another Eastern Painted turtle that my almost 11 year old 'rescued' from the lake in our neighborhood. He/she (how do you tell??) is a bit bigger than the original "Turtle Buddy", and seemed a bit freaked out by his/her new luxury surroundings at first. Luxury...that's what I call clean water and cool rocks to climb on...well, if I was a turtle anyway. As a human I have vastly different ideas about luxury....but I digress. Now the pair are a happy little duo. I wonder if we will be hosting a turtle nursery one day??

Anyway, it has been a fun week of discovery. We also spent the better part of one day visiting friends who have lots of land to explore and, yep, the boys found a turtle there too. A cute Box turtle. I didn't let that one come home with us...two are plenty, thanks! But here he/she is...
Don't you just love the colors and patterns on that shell? Awesome little creatures, turtles are. I can see this inspiring an art quilt...oooh, maybe that's where I can use my rust dyed fabric! Hmmm...
I had a wonderful, relaxing visit on the porch of my friend's home while all of our boys (she has 3, and another friend came with her 2) ran out some of their summer energy. Sometimes you have to slow down and enjoy the company of good friends, the beauty of the world outside, and the creatures you find along the way.
Ah, back to work now....

3 comments:

Diana said...

Differentiating Male and Female Chrysemys picta (Painted Turtle) - Darrell Senneke


http://www.chelonia.org/sexing/sexing_Chrysemys_picta.htm

quote from the page
"There are three ways to sex this species, two involve the tail and one the front claws. .... As Painted turtles mature the differences become apparent."

KarenF said...

Great info on that link...thanks!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Great post about turtles! Gotta love those goat faces, too!