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Need More Sunscreen

Posted by
Lee (Fort Frances Ontario, Canada) on 7 June 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Painted Turtles are out and can be seen sunning themselves almost everywhere. Just about every pond has a population of these turtles. On any given day you can catch them sitting on a rock or log soaking up the sun.
In a short while (I'm guessing about 2 weeks) they will be starting to dig out nests in the sand to lay their eggs. I hope the weather warms and stays warm enough for them to do so.

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r00t from Csorna, Hungary

wow, looks fantastic.

7 Jun 2009 5:31am

@r00t: Thank you. They were just sitting enjoying the sun.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A very good image from this turtles !

7 Jun 2009 5:31am

@Loner: Thank you. I just like seeing them. If you're not quiet enough, they just dive into the water and are gone.

mats from Texas, United States

I think they're doing some tanning.

7 Jun 2009 6:07am

@mats: They were doing some serious power tanning.

rajeev from dubai, United Arab Emirates

great great shot

7 Jun 2009 6:10am

@rajeev: Thank you Rajeev. Please visit again.

amirreza from tehran, Iran

great hunting
nice shot too

7 Jun 2009 8:14am

@amirreza: Thank you

Ca†≈ from Ouchy, Switzerland

Strange birds !
Lovely shot, Lee.

7 Jun 2009 8:27am

@Ca†≈: LOL. That's a good one. Thank you for the compliment.

frederique from nancy, France

those one are unwanted in our rivers They kill our local turtle (cistude) but every where you look you see them .....
nice shot

7 Jun 2009 8:53am

@frederique: Thank you Frederique. I'm sorry to hear they invade and kill your local species.

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

I love it!

7 Jun 2009 9:30am

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thank you.

zOOm from Paris, France

They really seem to appreciate sunbathing !

7 Jun 2009 9:31am

@zOOm: Yes they do. One can observe these turtles on any given day just sitting and enjoying the sun.

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

You must be quiet as a mouse
when you're out and about.
The only time I see turtles is when they scuttle of the rocks and in to the pool, having seen me coming.
I think the one on the right is preparing for lift off. Another great shot. Thanks for the lens info.

7 Jun 2009 10:20am

@grouser: An awful large mouse. You are right, they do scurry off the rocks when approached. This shot is taken with a large lens and cropped. It makes it look a lot closer than I actually was.

Vinman from Essex, United Kingdom

Great pose, I like that red shade to the underside of the shell, never seen that before.

7 Jun 2009 10:41am

@Vinman: Thank you. They get their name from the colour of their underside. The Painted Turtle. Their undersides are very red or orange with a black and yellow mosaic painted in it.

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

A super photo, perfectly composed.

7 Jun 2009 10:44am

@Mike: Thank you Mike. Please visit again.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I love it, I love the beauty of these marvelous turtles, I love the information you provide and I'm adding a perfect summer for them in my prayers, you are so cool and gifted :)

7 Jun 2009 10:47am

@Lorraine: Thank you Lorraine. I hope the summer warms up and the weather is enjoyable for all.

Hidalgo from Herunen, Finland

Nice couple as Your photo.

7 Jun 2009 11:23am

@Hidalgo: Thank you Hidalgo.

Elora from Genoa, Italy

Wonderful capture. I looks like they are having a blast!

7 Jun 2009 11:28am

@Elora: Thank you Elora.

eva from Rouen, France

they have so beautiful colours over and under... Very nice !

7 Jun 2009 1:12pm

@eva: Thank you Eva

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Great shot, Lee! I need to get out on the lake in my kayak and get some shots of the turtles I saw last year. They are pretty skittish, though, as Grousie mentioned.

7 Jun 2009 1:13pm

@Lesley: Thanks Lesley. Yes they are skittish. That's why I have a strong lens. I manage to grab a few shots before they disappear. Plus, it helps to be stealthy in your approach.

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

Great shot! I am confused with these colours? Are they really?

7 Jun 2009 2:14pm

@mohkum: Thanks Mohkum. Nothing done here. This is exactly as I shot it. These turtles have a dark shell on top. They have black and yellow stripes on their bodies. The underside of hteir shell is red or orange with black and yellow mosaic patterns. They are actually quite colourful.

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

WOW, Great Shot, Great title

7 Jun 2009 3:15pm

@Onlymehdi: Thank you for the compliment.

Kathe from Marquette, Michigan, United States

Yep. They're out here as well. Love how the one on the right is balanced. If the other one moves, it may just roll off of the rock.

7 Jun 2009 3:25pm

@Kathe: They're all over. I come to find out they are quite common. And yes, I alsolike the way they are stacked up precariously.

BIG SIS and Brother-inlaw from Petawawa Ontario, Canada

Hi; Lee nice shot

7 Jun 2009 3:42pm

@BIG SIS and Brother-inlaw: Hey, Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nice shot here Lee.....and for once, I don't feel terribly we have turtles in the "pond" behind my apartment (it's actually a water hazard on a golf course!!)...I also see lots of water birds out there, but they're usually gone by the time I run downstairs, and out back with my camera....It would be perfect, if I could cut a hole in the screening on my patio....wouldn't do much for keeping the bugs out in the summer, but a hole in the screening, and my 300mm lens, and I could "pretend" I live in a wildlife area, just like you!! :)

7 Jun 2009 3:49pm

@Susan: Well, I can say I am the one who is envious. Living on the fringe of a golf course, pond in the back yard, lots of water birds, and warm weather to boot. No snow, Hmmmmmm......yep I'm jealous, more sun screen please. Thanks Susan. Take care.

Beat from Switzerland

Congratulations Lee! So beautifull colors and perfect sharpness. wow!

7 Jun 2009 4:52pm

@Beat: Thank you very much.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Dynamite capture. Spectacular selective focus and detail.

7 Jun 2009 4:56pm

@john4jack: Thank you Jack.

Jen from St. George, United States

Great shot! I've always enjoyed watching turtles sun themselves - always with their head sticking way up like this. Too funny!. :)

7 Jun 2009 7:48pm

@Jen: Thanks Jen. They always seem so stiff necked. You never see them with their heads down and sleeping.

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking image, really sharp

7 Jun 2009 8:53pm

@Alun Lambert: Thank you Alun.

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Fantastic image ! Excellent closeup !

8 Jun 2009 2:41am

@MARIANA: Thank you Mariana

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

They seem to be totally enjoying themselves...Love this!

8 Jun 2009 4:12am

@bluechameleon: The life of a turtle. Sit and bask in the sunshine until someone comes along and disturbs you.

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


8 Jun 2009 11:46am

@Eleftheria: Thank you.

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

they look like a couple of hardcore sun-worshippers.

8 Jun 2009 12:52pm

@Daniel: That they are Daniel. Every day. That's why their shell looks so leathery. LOL

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

I love excellent capture...lovely details...

9 Jun 2009 3:57am

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you. They are intersting.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

great shot Perhaps they should move to NZ no sunscreen required here at the moment

9 Jun 2009 8:53pm

@jamesy: Cheer up Debbie. It will get better. The sun will shine again. Just not sure when.

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

wonderful!! great bright colours

12 Jun 2009 4:45pm

@Linda: Thank you.