A slight movement under the Coreopsis caught my eye this morning while I as watering in the lower garden.
Moving closer, bright orange markings moved slowly between the leaves. I quietly approached and saw a good sized turtle lumbering across the wet Earth.
I wanted photos to share with you, and made a quick trip back inside for my little camera.
Now, if you’ve ever tried to photograph a moving turtle crawling under the foliage of a flowerbed you understand the challenge I faced.
And so I silently walked around the perimeter of the bed looking for an intelligible angle for the shot.
But, something was odd. Body parts weren’t where body parts would be expected to be on such a simple creature.
Slowly I realized this wasn’t one turtle hiding from my lens, but two!
I had intruded upon a couple of turtles seeking a private interlude between the Coreopsis and the Salvia.
So, having been raised with manners, I backed away, powered down the camera, and stashed it in a pocket while I returned to watering…. elsewhere.
Eventually I dragged the hose back uphill and headed for the long butterfly garden. Newly planted Basil would appreciate some moisture in the soil before the heat of the day set in.
But once again, something orange was moving beneath the foliage.
And once again, I turned off the water and silently moved in for a closer look.
Another turtle! Which, of course, meant more turtle photos this morning. My reward for kindness and discretion, no doubt.
We’ve been finding Eastern Box turtles in this garden from time to time.
There was the tiny guy in early spring burrowed in the hillside where I was weeding.
I gently moved him out of the bed and into a wooded area… only to find him returned to his burrow an hour later.
My partner has found turtles on this bank several times when he’s been out mowing and trimming. We leave them be, or gently move them out of harm’s way whenever we find them in garden or street.
Eliza Waters also encountered a wood turtle this weekend, in her garden, and took some wonderful photos of the large female she found. Please visit her post for more information on the meaning of turtles.
It must be the season when turtles allow themselves to be seen…..
And we appreciate all who come to the garden to help us along with tending it.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014