Friday, March 30, 2012

Wow! Henry!

Billboard seen exiting OC on the 34th St causeway. WOW!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Painted Turtles

The painted turtles are the most common and this fella is of the Eastern Painted variety. He seems proud to wear his colors brightly.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mama's Birthday

She knows I'm thinking of her today and I'd give her a hug if I could. I just don't have it in me. But big haps to mama today!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Happy Hump Day!

wait a minute... Hump Day is normally
on Wednesday... but I guess every day can
be a hump day - if you are lucky!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Forth!

Welcome to my world, hatchling. Spring is here – now go forth and prosper!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Crotchedy

I mean crochet-ed-y. Who wouldn't want this lovely piece of yarn work for their home?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Poor Pinky

Pinky, a rare albino snapping turtle - who suffered malnutrition in his earlier years and now sports an oddly developed shell - is pictured at her home in the Clinch Park Zoo in Traverse City, Michigan


Friday, March 16, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Art Helmet

It's life in the warzone for this fella.

More joys of turtles and fun with Photoshop!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Cat Nap

Not to get all warm and fuzzy, but this is just so warm and fuzzy...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Mr. Happy

I may not look it, but I am one happy turtle. I feel Spring around the bend.

Friday, March 2, 2012

My Cousin: The Rio Grande Cooter

I envy the carapace (shell) of the Rio Grande Cooter which is a colorful oval and elongated, flattened, with a slight keel (highest in middle). This fella has tooth-like cusps and webbed feet. Males have longer fingernails on forelimbs than females. The carapace is olive with blotches of alternating yellow and black. Scutes have four distinct bulls-eyes with black and yellow rings. His belly (plastron) is yellow with pigment along seams, which fade with age.

Skin is brown or olive with yellow stripes on neck, legs and tail. Wide yellow stripe down middle of head and neck. Carapace reaches lengths of approx 9.5 inches as adults (females larger than males).

Found along the Rio Grande and Pecos River drainages in Texas and southern New Mexico. Isolated populations have been found in several northern states in Mexico. The Rio Grande cooter is found in clear pools in New Mexico, but can be found in clear to muddy streams in Texas.

Not much is known about the diet of this species, but preliminary results indicate that it may be primarily a vegetarian. Sadly, the Rio Grande cooter is not a protected species in Texas and can be legally collected with a hunting license.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Patchwork Pals

A family of forest cyclists pause for a moment of reflection upon my patchwork friend. We bring friends and family together. And bicyclists.