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Catching Some Rays

Catching Some Rays
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-02
Categories: Amphibians
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-09 14:52
Viewed: 3489
Points: 14
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I was surprised to find turtles out sunning themselves on the second day of January, but then this wasn't observed in Ohio so maybe this sight wasn't so unusual after all.

While visiting Radnor State Park near Nashville Tennessee, I spotted quite a few of these guys sitting on logs along the banks of the lake. Some of the logs had from one to five turtles relaxing on them.

I don't know what type of turtle this is, but I would have to guess that it's shell had a diameter of around eight to ten inches.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-09 15:22]

Hi Ron,

The last time I saw turtles was in the Everglades. There were so many species and I don't remember one name. I love the pose on the log showing off the face, shell and those hefty legs. Wonderful colors and details. He seems to be hamming it up for the camera.


Hello Ron,
This is a Painted Turtle. We also have them here at the Ridgefield wi;ldlife Refuge, and they can be seen most months except when it freezes or snows. Excellent capture on the log, well balanced and focused...
Have a great weekend...

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-09 23:40]

Hello Ron,

The turtle looks very happy in the light of the sun. You have taken a good image with the reptile in a fine pose. Good details of the animal and wood log below can be seen due to the high quality image.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Ron,
Cool capture, the turtle looks excellent on the log with its added interest.
Great color, exposure, DOF, POV, and details here :)
Well done & Thank you!
PS - I sold my Canon 100-400mm yesterday. I find the sentimental attachment is makin' me sad to see it go out the door today..
I didn't expect to feel this way :/

I remember well picking one up off the road back in the 1950's in TN on the way back from a trip to Florida with my father....and mom. we put it in the trunk and we kept it at home in the cabin in the woods on the woodsy side of Cleveland's Metro Parks....Before or during fall we left it go into the Rocky River Reservation...I do not of course know its fate...wonderful memories well brought back ron.

Hi Ron,

A really nice shot of this turtle, got it in good, sharp focus and a nice, natural pose. Can't say for certain what it is, but I'd lean heavily toward some variety of Painted Turtle, or it could possibly be a Slider of some sort.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-01-10 15:24]

Very nice shot. It's interesting that the markings are still visible on the top of its shell. The larger turtles I see turn almost black once they get some size to them. Gary

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