This reporter has never experienced an up close viewing of wild animals of the fashion before. I have as you well know seen llamas, horses, donkeys, camels and also chickens. But never had I encountered such a dirty and ominous critter until this week. Oma and GK were grinning and enjoying it very much and wanted me to get into the picture of this beast as well but I declined. I was needless to say, intimidated by the turtle. I'd never seen one before.
Oma explained that he was extremely slow moving because GK had dug him out of his hibernation hole. Shame on her. Everytime she would water in that spot where the hole was starting she could hear a hiss and knew it was one of the boys. And sure enough she was greeted by a young male who, GK did not recognize immediately and Oma would not let her clean him up. Frankly I don't see the charm. Maybe they grow on you but really, look at that dirty face.
The rest of the backyard holds more of the terrors according to GK and she spends her afternoons after school searching for the breathing holes of the coming out of hibernation turtles. If they all survived the very cold spell this last winter, Oma tells me there could be as many as 14 adult turtles in the yard as well as many small dirty faced creatures.
Here are some pictures I was willing to be in. These are of the gardening themed wall hangings and crates on the porch near the swing. Lovely place to rest and oversee the yard and watch your toes, I'm told.
Ta, Ms. Baggs