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Scratch My Back ..I'll Scratch Yours

Scratch My Back ..I'll Scratch Yours
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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/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favourite naturescapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-15 20:30
Viewed: 4008
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw these two turtles resting on a partially submerged log while at Radnor Lake near Nashville. I don't know what type of turtles they are, but they seem to be fairly comfortable in each others company.

When I viewed the photo on the computer I realized that the one in the back had extremely long claws compared to his buddy up front.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-15 20:44]

Hello Ron,
This could well be more than scratching;) ....but am no expert.
Well seen and finely captured shot.I like the composition in slight diagonal creating perfect DoF. Fine low PoV almost in parallel with their vision.I like the one at the back a lot with its highlighted markings.
I wish somebody backed up this shot with their notes.Could be quite interesting to know the species and act.
Thanks for sharing

This might be some kind of courtship display:-). I Liked the details , colors that u've managed to get it. The composition is good too.

A beautifully executed capture of this lovely pair in a good diagonal composition Ron, the one in the back looks like a Trachemys scripta elegans, can't be sure of the one in the front. I think the individual in the back is trying to induce some movement in the bigger guy, so it can also "bask" on a drier part of the log!

Wow, Ron - those claws are kind of scary! I didn't realize turtles could have such long ones. It looks like such a sunny day for them - but I bet it was actually cold that day? Good pov and framing - nice light and detail. Best to you - Penny

Hi Ron,

An excellent photo, turtles are often hard to catch when they're sunning, as they usually plop back into the water as soon as you get into camera range. You caught them in a nice, typical pose, excellent sharpness and exposure too.

The one in back is almost certainly a Midland Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta marginata, and the long claws mark it as a male. The turtle in front is another matter, a female probably as the nails are short, not sure what species it is, but it doesn't appear to be a Painted Turtle of any variety. There are 4 sub-species of Painted Turtle and the one in front doesn't look like any of them. I still think it might be a Slider, Trachemys scripta, but I can't be anywhere near sure about that ID, as the markings on it are very indistinct.

Of course, it could also be an exotic species that a pet-owner let loose when they didn't want to take care of it any more. I'll see if I can get some of my herp-loving friends to take a look at your photos, maybe they'll know what it is.


Hello Ron,
Very cute! good sharpness and depth of field, nice colors and good light.

Ha! You were really blessed with some nice natural shots on the trip Ron...The two work with synergy together..acting as a dynamic and bouncing back and forth with each other...or....it is also a calming image...This is where one end of the circle meets the other..

Hi Ron,
I use the scratchin' theme whenever I can too..
It's what TN is all about right?
Great POV and comp mf. You've handled the sunny conditions well, nice details.
The smaller red eared slider in back looks like he's trying to push the big guy out of the way..He's blockin' the shot ;-}
Well done,

Turtles are great, aren't they? They just seem so relaxed. I love the mirrored poses of these two turtles. Very intersting.

Hello Ron

Funny photo with your title, you was at the best
place the best time to see them in that pose and
shoot them in photo, fine POV, beautiful lateral light, TFS


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