Turtle or Tortoise?

 

I’ve heard and read that it’s easy to tell the difference between a turtle and a tortoise but for the life of me, I can’t remember what characteristics you’re supposed to look for in order to tell.

 

So, that being said, I’m not sure if this guy (or gal) I saw while on a bike ride this past fall is a turtle or a tortoise. I’m going with my gut here and guessing turtle. If I’m wrong, someone please correct me and re-educate me on the differences between the two. I do seem to remember that the shape and size of the shell was one way to tell them apart but again, I don’t know what characteristics belong to which. Either way, this was a surprise to encounter on the trail and I was sure to keep my distance in case it was a snapper or…you know…a ninja. [-_^]

 

 

Anyway, this dude (or dudette as I didn’t go poking around looking to see what gender it was. That would have been awkward for everyone involved!), was just cruising along down the Sunrise Trail in eastern Maine, heading from one small boggy body of water, to another. I don’t know how far it traveled before I happened upon it but by the time it headed into the grass toward the water, it traveled a good mile from where I first encountered it. I even took a little video of it cruising along. For an animal that’s known to be slow, this little dude was just trucking!

 

I just thought I’d share this now because I was looking back through my photo archive from 2017 and realized I hadn’t shared any shots of this dude before. I can hear your gasps of shock and indignation. I also have shots from another bike ride of a baby turtle (yeah, I’m going with turtle), but I’ll share one from that group later. Maybe for my next post.

 

Until next time…

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~A.M.

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Greetings 2018

It’s officially the first day of 2018. Happy New Year everyone!

So, the past week hasn’t been very kind in terms of weather in my little corner of Maine. For a few days around Christmas it snowed, and when it stopped snowing, it was so cold it was pretty much impossible to enjoy the outdoors without being bundled up in so many layers you couldn‘t even move. So, I’ve basically been stuck inside.

For that reason, I have no pretty nature photos to share with you folks on this first day of the new year. Instead, I’ll share a shot I took a while ago of one of my cats being cute. Her cuteness is nothing new around here. In this shot, she was investigating an open bin that was left in the living room. As everyone with cats knows, whenever you move something or bring something new into the house, the cat(s) must investigate.

 

 

Here’s to hoping I can get back outside soon. Maybe I’ll actually be able to utilize my snowshoes this winter, unlike last winter…and the winter before that…and the winter before that…

 

 

Until next time…

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~A.M.

Farewell 2017

I’m sure most of my readers will actually be reading this on Tuesday instead of Monday this week as Monday is Christmas day, but that’s ok!  Better late than never!

 

To that end, Merry Christmas everyone!  And Happy Holidays to those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas!

 

Here’s a shot I took earlier in the year (when we actually had snow) to get everyone in the winter mood.  Funny thing about this shot, the sky was only overcast when I set out on the hike but on the way back it was almost a blizzard.  I couldn’t see more than ten feet in front of me at times.  That’s Maine for you.  Our saying about the weather is so true:  “If you don’t like the weather in Maine…Wait five minutes.”

 

 

 

Well, this marks my last post of 2017.  I hope everyone enjoyed my random musings and photos this year.  I’ll be back with a new post next Monday where it’s January 1st, then I’ll continue with my “every-other-week” posting schedule.

 

I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year (and if you plan to ring in the new year at a party with alcohol, please drink responsibly and designate a driver)!

 

Take care, folks!

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

Young Buck

I’m no stranger to female deer in my front yard, but a while ago, I was shocked to see a young buck following a mother and her two female offspring into my yard. I don’t know if he was the offspring of the mother from last year or if he was following them because he fancied one of the girls but the mother didn’t seem very happy he was around. She kept trying to run him off. He retreated to the other side of my yard but stuck around. The little girls (they still had their spots at the time) didn’t seem bothered by him.

 

 

 

He’s so pretty.

 

I saw him only once more after this photo was taken. I wonder if he got together with one of the girls. Maybe she’ll come back to my yard in the spring with a baby of her own. [^_^]

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

Doe…A Deer…A Female Deer…

 

 

Every time I least expect it, I look out my kitchen window and see anywhere from one to four deer in my front yard. As far as I’ve been able to tell, there are three mother deer with five babies between them (well, they’re no longer babies as their spots are gone). I try to take as many pictures as I can when I notice them, but sadly (sadly for me, good for them) I see less of them during hunting season.

 

 

I noticed this doe because of one of my cats. She (my cat) was staring out the window and when I went to look, there was a deer in my yard. I’m not sure which family group this one belongs to or if she was just a loner that wandered into my yard. It would help if they wore name tags so I could identify them. [-_^]

 

It’s funny that I see more deer in my yard than I do when I’m out on a hiking trail.

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.