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Painted (Turtle) Portraits

The Painted Turtle, common throughout Massachusetts, spends up to six hours a day basking in the sun. This turtle was doing just that at Wachusett Meadow Audubon’s Farm Pond in Princeton, MA.

This photo study includes side and straight-on views, close-up and long views, and some images that include the turtle’s vivid reflection in the water.

The turtle dipped off the log at the sound of hikers.
A close-up of some water lilies nearby.
This pond was man-made for the use of farmers when these acres were part of a large dairy farm.

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I live in Central Massachusetts in the United States--a wonderful area for nature, art and culture. Using a compact camera, I celebrate daily life found here in a variety of local landscapes throughout the changing seasons.

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10 Comments

  1. A handsome turtle.

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    1. Yes, I thought so, too!

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  2. Their colours are so vivid that they somehow don’t seem quite real, but lovely to see them living free. Sadly, they are pet shop items here in South Africa.

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    1. Pet shops. So sad…you wonder what people are thinking! I’m grateful to have the Audubon nearby, where seeo many animals roam free!

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      1. I also don’t understand the attraction of keeping such animals captive. You are fortunate to have so much nature living free so nearby.

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  3. Awesome photos! Now I see why how that turtle got its name!

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    1. It really is a striking color! So glad I get to see them so often!

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  4. Wonderful to see your painted turtle series, Julie. They are such an exquisite species with their bright painted parts, and getting extra reflection was doubly pleasant. The first four close-up photos are especially fun with the turtle stretched out and soaking up the sun.

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    1. Thanks! Painted turtles almost don’t look real to me, because they seem so brightly painted. Like like don’t quite belong in quiet traditional New England! 😄

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