Sunday, December 20, 2009

Waiting for the sun.

Red-eared Sliders in warmer times.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a turtle out and about at this latitude now, on the shortest day of the year. The individuals in the above image are likely snoozing at the bottom of their pond, which up until a few days ago was frozen over. It's cheering though, that after tomorrow, the days will lengthen and the light will strengthen. Eventually the turtles will rise from the muck to smile at the sky.

In the meantime, one can obtain much-needed herp-fixes from those who live in more southern or tropical climes by visiting the gift-wrapped, very first edition of the newest biological blog carnival, House of Herps, presented by Amber Coakley of Birder's Lounge.


Randy Emmitt said...

here in NC we can get warm winter days. Painted Turtles might appear and Spring Peeper will call.

Hugh said...

Randy, That's a different kind of winter, definitely, although you may have had more winter weather lately than we have. I've subscribed to your blog. Great stuff, super photos.