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Turtle islet

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At a newly discovered (by us) pond on the grounds of Hyde Park High School on January 21st I couldn’t resist photographing this convocation of turtles on what seems to have been a sandbar. People talk about not being able to see the forest for the trees. Originally it was the turtles that I couldn’t see, lost as they were in the reflections of trees on the surface of the water, as shown below. To get close enough to take the top picture I had to walk around the pond to the opposite side from which I’d taken the bottom picture.

Among turtles there’s no such thing as personal space.




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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 3, 2023 at 4:26 AM

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  1. LOL! That’s a wonderful and cheerful sighting!


    February 3, 2023 at 7:36 AM

  2. What an absolutely wonderful shot. Clearly, it’s not just humans who search for warmth in cold conditions. It took a moment for me to find the head of the turtle in the water at the right of the frame. Perhaps it was calculating its odds of finding a spot in the pile.


    February 3, 2023 at 8:36 AM

  3. What a cheerful bunch of optimists. All turtles hold their heads up. I believe we humans could learn a few things from them. Great captures, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    February 3, 2023 at 9:19 AM

  4. Wow!!! Thanks for explaining how you got the shots… quite a bit of work, but those are truly wonderful! I really enjoy that close up… beautiful critters, turtles are.


    February 3, 2023 at 12:50 PM

    • You’re welcome. While the top picture looks close, I had to use my telephoto lens zoomed to its maximum 400mm, and even then I cropped off about a quarter of the pixels around the edges to get the turtles to fill the new, smaller frame.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 4, 2023 at 7:02 AM

  5. A turtle pile-up, hehe! That would be a fine sight to see (But hardly likely for me.)

    Ann Mackay

    February 3, 2023 at 6:12 PM

    • A pile-up, that’s it. Don’t turtles crowd together like that in Britain?

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 4, 2023 at 7:04 AM

      • It’s not warm enough for land turtles to breed over here, so there are just a few escaped pets. (There are visiting marine turtles in the sea.) So I have never seen a turtle, never mind a pile of them… 🙂

        Ann Mackay

        February 5, 2023 at 6:23 AM

  6. I love the turtles. Thank you for zooming in on them!

    Lavinia Ross

    February 3, 2023 at 6:16 PM

    • You’re welcome. Even after zooming to my lens’s maximum 400mm, I still later cropped off about a quarter of the pixels along the edges.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 4, 2023 at 7:08 AM

  7. Lovely pile of turtles!

    Alessandra Chaves

    February 3, 2023 at 7:27 PM

  8. Party pile-on!! Great image


    February 3, 2023 at 8:01 PM

  9. It’s turtles all the way down, or up, as the case may be.


    February 3, 2023 at 8:24 PM

  10. This one really made me smile. I look forward to the warming weather and the turtles that will bring.

    Todd Henson

    February 5, 2023 at 12:26 PM

  11. I’ve not seen a pile-o-turtles like that. Cool find!

    Steve Gingold

    February 7, 2023 at 3:06 AM

    • Now, that comes as a surprise, given all the turtle pictures you’ve shown over the years. Maybe you guys up there can borrow a few ours to teach yours how to pile on.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 7, 2023 at 6:29 AM

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