52 Weeks Of Photo Challenges

A theme based photo blog

46. It’s Moving (Just Not Fast Enough!)


So, these days I pretty much have my camera with me all the time AND a list of the few themes I have left!

Today while driving to the store I spotted this turtle trying to cross the road. My first thought was, “oh no, that turtle is going to get squashed!” My second thought was, “will that fit a theme?” The only thing I was certain of was that a dead turtle wasn’t going to make a good photo and I’m pretty sure there isn’t a death theme. That would just be gross! I hit the hazard flashers, grabbed my camera, took a photo out the window, looked for cars and got out. I asked the turtle to smile. No luck. Took his photo anyhow. Then all of a sudden I realized what I had just committed to. I was going to have to pick up this turtle and carry it to the grass. That was a good idea from inside the car. Have you ever picked up a turtle that didn’t want to be picked up?! And who knew their legs are THAT long. Ack! And they smell like pond water! The first 2 attempted resulted in me squealing and quickly (yes, gently) putting the turtle back down. That is the photo I wish I had! I was standing in the road giggling out loud hoping nobody was watching me. I took a deep breath and just got it over with. I told the turtle I just saved it’s life and again asked it to smile for my camera. Still no luck. I left with the turtle facing the direction from which it had come and wishing I carried wet wipes in my camera case! I am using the theme, “It’s Moving.” Although a more appropriate theme would have been, “It Should Be Moving Faster.”



14 thoughts on “46. It’s Moving (Just Not Fast Enough!)

  1. I can’t believe you picked him up! I would have died laughing to see you doing this! You did your good deed for the day! =)

  2. I totally laughed out loud! I pictured this whole thing going down in my mind. 🙂 I also tossed up a thank you prayer for not being in the car with you because I know it would have been me out there. This was your “Grapes of Wrath” moment.

  3. I can be VERY convincing…. >:)

  4. This was indeed a photo taken out of desperation. Sure wish I had been driving by to document this random act of kindness.

  5. The last picture looks like you oiled him/her up in order to move faster. I have saved turtles as well on several occasions and those guys can get nasty with their long legs trying to scratch you. However, when they sense water they can move extremely fast. Sorry he didn’t give you a smile, but he/she does look appreciative.

  6. What? No turtle soup that night?

  7. I wish I could have seen your face when you picked Mr. (Or Ms.) Turtle up.

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