We like to look out for the turtles at Alexander Lake at Panola Mountain State Park. Richard took a photo of the one above on one of our recent walks there. It is an Eastern Painted turtle and is the most common turtle in North America. If you live anywhere near water, you might find one in your own front yard...look what Richard found in our yard when he was cutting the grass later on the very same day!
Isn't she a beauty? I believe that she is a female because from what I have read about the Eastern Painted turtle, they pretty much stay near the water, unless they come up onto land to lay their eggs. This one had to be removed for its own safety.
You can see how big this turtle is by comparing it to Richard's carefully gloved hand! Funny thing, I have seen other photos of this turtle and I can safely say that this creature was just amazing to see, the photos just don't compare to the real thing. What about you? Have you found something in your yard or garden recently that just stopped you in your tracks? Don't just retreat into your shell, do tell me about it!