Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Turtle sighting

Yesterday was a hot one here in western Massachusetts, and my friend Rick and I decided to take our bike ride on one of the shadiest routes we know of -- the rail trail bike path from Northampton up to Look Park in Florence. We often do this, in large part because Look Park is just such a beautiful place to ride through.

Like many times before, we took a break for lunch on a bench overlooking the small pond at the park. While sitting there and talking, I noticed out of the corner of my eye an object which seemed to be making its way across the pond, but just under the surface. We were about a hundred feet away, so it was a little difficult to discern details, but I soon realized it was a big turtle! I would guess that it was about a foot and a half long.

I couldn't remember ever seeing a large turtle swimming like this. I've seen similar beasts sunning themselves on rocks or logs near water, but never cruising along just under the surface. I tried to get a good shot of it, but my little pocket camera could only manage these:

       Here's a cropped version of the second one:

Though I couldn't see a lot of detail, I think it looked like a snapping turtle. -- PL


Josep Fatjó said...

Hello, my name is Josep. I'm writing from Spain. Sorry for my english. I have a question: am I speaking with TMNT creator Peter Laird? I want to know the original Michelangello's colour ribbon. Is yellow or orange. Thanks.

GTM said...

That's awesome. I used to raise Turtles back in my teen years but those were land tortoises. They were pretty awesome.

Music_lover_3889 said...

I miss Venus the girl turtle. It was kind of chauvinistic to let her go.

Tung Nguyen said...

i like this turtle

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nha xinh

Melanie Servidio said...

Hey Peter!

I was getting a bit worried with you not posting on the other blog but combining the blogs makes a lot of sense. Feel free to warn a girl so she can keep up! Hope all is well and you're having fun with the giant fan I gave you. ^_^ I'm sorry you didn't find Guardians of the Galaxy quite as funny as I did but I hope you enjoyed the soundtrack at least. Don't worry though even I don't want a crossover. Just started college and so far so good.

Lots of hugs! Love your favorite Floridian,

P.S. Sadly I wont be able to attend FCBD this upcoming year as I will be starting a cruise with my Grandma, but I will try my best to come up again asap! However so long as my bud doesn't forget, I hope my replacements won't be too troublesome but feel free to smack em around a bit if they are XD.

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Korbi Falardeau said...

I laughed when I saw this. I bet turtles forever have a deeper meaning for you. c: