Flannel Man loves living in the country especially with the pond. As a boy he spent his free time playing in the creek near his house and catching any wildlife he could find. His favorite animal by far is the turtle. So one afternoon when a turtle decided to crawl onto our yard FM was very excited.
He came running to find me and yelled, “Quick get your shoes on and grab the camera!”
From his level of excitement I would have thought Sean Connery was at our door (FM is a huge James Bond fan). “Why what is it?!?”
“There’s a painted turtle crawling in our yard!”
“Oh, OK.” Damn I wanted to met Sean Connery.
When we got outside FM went into stealth turtle catching mode and quietly snuck up behind it then jumped in for the kill…er the catch. Meanwhile, I couldn’t help but laugh at what I’d just witnessed.
“What? They’re fast when they want to be!” FM asserted.
Look at that smile! He was so excited to catch the first turtle at our new house.
I of course wanted some pictures but the turtle wasn’t cooperating.
He wouldn’t come out of his shell so we set him down and waited…and waited…
Finally we turned him over because according to FM they use their heads to roll over.
Turtles make for interesting series pictures. I could have had 20 pictures that looked like this before he moved again.
Wait…there he goes…
Hey look at that they really do use their heads to roll over! Look how long his neck is!
And check out those feet!
OK, we cheated the poor guy was in the last pose for way too long so we helped him over. What can I say we’re suckers for turtles.
We decided it would take him forever to get back to the pond so we wanted to put him back in the pond.
But before he’d let him go FM decided he might want to go on a little ride. Can you tell FM is a kid at heart?
(Notice how our pond is now completely covered in duckweed.)
What turtle doesn’t like to do barrel rolls?
Can you hear the airplane noises? FM has had 27 years to perfect them. I always told him he should be one of those sound effect guys he can do all the classics; airplanes, gunshots, fast cars, and trains.
FM finally put the turtle back in the duckweed filled pond where it happily swam off. Probably never to return again having learned his lesson of what happens when he gets within FM’s reach.
The next day FM comes to the door with these two turtles…
and a toad. It’s reptile heaven over here!
FM said, “This is a good toad.”
“Why is it a good toad?” I asked.
“Because he hasn’t peed on me yet.”
Apparently that’s one of the things they do for self defense.
***Note: No reptiles were harmed in the making of this post. ***