Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mama Turtle Layout

I am the queen of spotting turtles ever since a few years ago when we went on a massive turtle hunt to find one for our beaver pond. Of course that little episode cost me $450 in vet bills, but now it's a semi-happy memory! The dog is still a large pain in my derriere but I suppose that is to be expected. 

So, I finally figured out where turtles lay their eggs. At least all the dumb ones. On the side of my very active two lane paved county road. 

I spotted this one on the way into town and pulled a u-turn in the neighbor's driveway. Had to check it out for myself. Evidently this Mama is a Snapper due to the shape of her face. I stayed far away anyhow. I mean, I did not invite spectators in for the birth of my two kids. Birthing tends to make one grouchy and interested in biting or snapping.

I tried having a discussion with the Mama on better sand being elsewhere, but she was not having it. Walking down after her egg laying was over, I realized that the side of the road is where lots of turtles lay their eggs due to how many piles of sand I found. I guess some baby turtles survive the side of the road hatchery.

Just a quick close up so you can see how that orange flower resembles a turtle shape due to it's depth. Love those flowers!

Also, recycled a paper of Luke's from school. School is nearly over here for the summer and the recycling bin is filling up with all the stuff they have been hoarding in their lockers and desks. Was glad to make use of one of them.

Happy Hump Day Peeps!


  1. Wow I didn't know turtles lived that far north. Perhaps the cold makes them forgetful of where they should be egg laying! Lol. Love that you used the school paper with the doodles on it. Really neat trick!

  2. Wowwwwwww! This is gorgeous!! I love love love that turtle background!!

  3. Oh wow poor mama turtle, I do hope that the babies live.. how crazy to put the eggs there.. fabulous layout, and I do love the use of the school paper back ground... all the best to you turtles!

  4. That turtle bg paper is AWESOME!!!! And lucky you having turtles...we don't have them here...more's the pity. Still, silly made me laugh with the birthing analogy...but SPOT ON!!!!!!!!

  5. I don't know that you could have found a more perfect background than that worksheet! Your layout is fantastic!

    There is a pond across the gravel road from our home and the turtles often lay their eggs in our yard. The raccoons, opossums, and foxes in the area frequently raid the nests. Maybe the busy road deters other animals from making a meal of the eggs?


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