Always Wear Your Rubber Boots

There are days where you head out to try to work on a specific idea, and then there are days where that doesn’t happen at all, and you have to just follow your intuition.
And when something in the back of your mind tells you to bring along your rubber boots, you listen. Because you never know what might call you into the water. What might be waiting there for you to come along.
And although, whoever might be waiting there, regards you with suspicion; they may make allowances for your curiosity. Probably just this once.

An early season, slow-moving snapping turtle, sunning himself almost unflinchingly, while I gently talked his ear off. I think we bonded.
I have had other encounters with snapping turtles that were quite different, you can see another post here.

I am extremely grateful to WordPress for selecting for their blog post: 8 Gorgeous Nature blogs for Earth DayΒ  Wow! I’m honoured. Thank you.

All images Β© Karen McRae

87 thoughts on “Always Wear Your Rubber Boots

      1. It’s a metaphorical communication channel we are sharing
        with nature. (So, I’ve explained it in my latest post while
        mentioning your blog with link ) Please read it πŸ˜‰

  1. First off – congrats on being listed by WP for Earth Day. I was so excited when I saw your site listed. Well done. Second – very cool friend – where ever did you find him??? He’s great.

    1. Thank you, Anita! πŸ™‚
      He is a resident of Mud Lake, these pictures are from today. He’s still waking up from winter so I was able to get very close to him!

  2. A creature full of character! What did you talk about??? πŸ™‚
    And congrats on your WordPress selection. Thoroughly deserved!

  3. Congratulations, Karen, well deserved for your personal style!
    This snapping turtle lokks very old, almost dead, but maybe that is how they look. I have never seen one before…

    1. Bente, I’m not sure how old he/she is but they all look kind of old! And as they are just coming out of hibernation they move pretty slow until the days get warmer.
      Thank you so much!

  4. CONGRATS! What wonderful shots… Snapping turtles are just fascinating creatures, and you’re so lucky to have captured this guy. Can’t wait to explore more of your blog!! πŸ™‚

  5. Congrats, Karen! More formal confirmation of how superb your photography is! Do you personally believe how good you are yet? Your friend is well camouflaged! It’s amazing how different species have developed in different places around the world. We have nothing like him, or her, or it over here!



  6. Karen! What a treat to have stumbled upon. I have never seen a turtle like it – what a great suit he has on πŸ™‚ I am glad you bonded, he looks like a wise golden oldie. Big congrats on WordPress pick. What an honour! So fun! Enjoy the well deserved weekend and here’s to all things Earth-related. I need to catch that show, Frozen Planet πŸ™‚

  7. Congratulations, Karen – and good of WordPress to pick you for Earth Day – can’t imagine a better choice. I’m impressed with their wisdom πŸ™‚
    And oh, I love this turtle photo-op. He looks wise, too. Good one to bond with.

  8. Wow! What great shots… I don’t think I ever saw photos of such an impressive fellow before. I had no idea they had ‘claws’ like this! His eye is full of wisdom… you caught him well!

  9. Nothing like a good chat with an ol’ snapping turtle. I’m glad to see this fellow apparently leech free. Great shots, and good on you for following your intuition and bringing along your boots.

  10. Congratulations on the selection, Karen…most deserving. And what wonderful shots of the turtle. I’m sure the two of you had an excellent time, enjoying each other’s company. I’m glad you remembered your boots. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Scoot, I’m glad I remembered my boots, too! He was very cool about the whole thing. πŸ™‚
      Thank you for you congratulations, I’m very appreciative.

  11. I can see why you bonded. What a beautiful creature. Straight out of The Never Ending Story! πŸ™‚

  12. This is the first time I have seen this blog, Karen. Amazing opportunity. I get the feeling this is an old turtle; he seems to be looking at you with a rheumy eye. I talk to the animals, too, even if it is just to say hi. Thanks for directing me to this. It confirms my memories of the big turtle I saw.

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