Another turtle afternoon

Painted turtle laying her eggs
Painted turtle laying her eggs

On Monday I got home from work and my husband was very excited.  He had been watching something moving toward the house out in the rather unkempt side yard, and realized it was a painted turtle.  He watched her as she came fairly close to the house and then dug a depression in the sandy soil there to lay her eggs.  He took the opportunity to get a beautiful closeup photo of her.  I love their orange bellies and the little orange marks around the edges of their shell.  They are such beautiful turtles!

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