Pond Freshwater Turtles
© Maureen Whitmore
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A couple of weeks ago, on Memorial Day actually, my husband and I spent a very special afternoon at a nearby park. It was a day for feeding the soul, one in which we donned our "birders" caps and took along our binoculars and newish digital camera. We were ready to just get away from it all, something we rarely have a chance to do in our busy lives. It felt so wonderful to forget about the time and just wander through the paths, shoot a few pictures and watch swallows, heron, redwings, and a wood duck family go about their lives in an enviable manner.
As we rounded the bend on one of the boardwalk paths, we looked out and saw several logs with rows of pond freshwater turtles and I started wondering about what they were actually doing there. Were they sunning themselves on this not-so-sunny day? Were they hopeful, as I was, that the sun would break through the clouds and summertime would declare itself real? We weren't close enough to see if these were terrapins or painted turtles and I wished we had already purchased a telephoto lens for our camera. Does anyone know if you can buy a telephoto lens for a Canon Powershot A95? I'll check out the Q & A section at BetterPhoto.
I have been so inspired by the Instructors' blog, reading about the wanderings and musings of those who have been into photography for years. By virtue of their art, they are blessed to be able to explore nature, different cultures, the world. Their missives are so full of great insights and instructional material - a professional photographer's life must be very satisfying and full.
Take time to explore and enjoy the out-of-doors this weekend!