Rare, Endangered, and Ugly (Three Photographs)

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The Blanding Turtle is considered endangered but it may be coming back. They are hard to find. We came across a man in a park asking everyone if they had seen a Blanding, and getting increasingly annoyed at the negative answers. Sightings are rare. Most people identify them by the shape of their shell, faintly teutonic. However, the real clue is the yellow under their chin. The smaller and better looking Painted Turtle on the other hand has character and the Snapping Turtle, which is much larger, is awesome. In the first photograph we have a brightly colored Blanding, in the second a more modest example and in the third all three turtles, Painted, Snapping and Blanding are on a log.

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22 responses

  1. Nice series, Victor, especially the third photo.

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    July 21, 2015 at 1:38 am

    • Thanks. It would have been the first except it would not view well on the WordPress reader.

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      July 21, 2015 at 3:18 am

  2. Nice photography

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    July 21, 2015 at 4:19 am

  3. How cool that you got that shot of all three types together.

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    July 21, 2015 at 6:10 am

    • Someone took something similar the day before. I was just lucky these mates got together for an encore😀

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      July 21, 2015 at 6:23 am

      • Ah but photographers often make their own luck by using their knowledge to plan the shot they hope to get. Credit where it’s due.

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        July 21, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  4. Love!

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    July 21, 2015 at 7:10 am

  5. That turtle three-some was a dream happenstance! Great capture!

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    July 21, 2015 at 8:38 am

  6. Save the turtles!!! What a catch having different species all in one spot.

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    July 21, 2015 at 8:44 am

  7. I will try an find one sometime, yet never heard of the Blanding Turtle. I am glad to learn something new.

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    July 21, 2015 at 9:53 am

  8. Love how they are all lined up in the third shot. 🙂

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    July 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm

  9. In the third shot, it looks like a family outing with grampa falling asleep after crossing the river.

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    July 22, 2015 at 4:08 am

  10. Their not THAT ugly 😉 Love the photos!

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    July 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  11. I had never heard of this species before now.

    I like the communal look of that last shot.

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    September 6, 2015 at 9:01 am

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