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Old Jul 21, 2004, 10:33 PM   #1
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Here's some pictures I took of a snapping turtle I found crossing the path at my local park. He (or She) was on the way back to the pond and stopped to pose for me! :-)I know the exposure wasn't the greatest, and I tried to fix it a bit in Photoshop, but this was the best I could do. I think I posted thethird picture here a couple of years ago, so forgive me if you've seen it before.

Here it is coming out of the woods, trying to cross a paved path back to the pond.





I almost got myself into trouble with this one.I was trying to get close to the turtle to get the picture and realized that I had gotten so close that I was zooming back to wider angles to make it fit. I looked up from the viewfinder and found I was about a foot away from it. :shock: So I zoomed back in, and took a couple of pictures and backed away rather quickly!



As soon as I got up, It got up and started toward the pond again.



Thesecond andfourthpictures were cropped only to get rid of extra ground at the bottom.

Hope you find it interesting.
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Old Jul 21, 2004, 10:46 PM   #2
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They are interesting photo_mage! Something different for sure!

I bet that you didn't have to worry about rushing to get a few shots :-)

By the way, the closeup of the eye in the third picture is great. What an interesting eye pattern!
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Old Jul 21, 2004, 10:50 PM   #3
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Ack. You have those in your local park? No small children, cats or dogs running around loose, right?

Nice shots. I like that eye, too!
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Old Jul 21, 2004, 10:51 PM   #4
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Pictures 2, 3 and 4 are awesome! Nice job. I'm really not sure which of those 3 I like the best.

Nice captures.

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Old Jul 21, 2004, 11:04 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. Yeah, this is my local park. I don't think that many of the visitors even know that there are snapping turtles there. I did rush a bit when I realized how close I was. Not sure what the range of a snapping turtle is, and I wasn't about to find out! :O
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Old Jul 22, 2004, 9:16 AM   #6
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shots!

Really like that second one, looks like a prehistoric monster.
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Old Jul 23, 2004, 8:58 PM   #7
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I'm in love!

That first one is priceless. I can hear him grunting and groaning in his attempt to climb up on to the pavement.

Those eyes on the other ones are priceless. Again, I'm in love.

I'm sure that, in the last one, he was worried about getting smunched under rubber. Nice to hear nothing on that, which is a suggestion that he actually crossed the road successfully.

Super job!
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Thanks normcar. Yes, he waited for the light and checked both ways before crossing :-)
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Found one more picture of the turtle from that day. This one shows of his/her claws better.


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