Spiny Soft Shell Turtles

Posted by Eia on Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:41 pm

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400 mm - 1/3200 s - f/6.3 - iso 1100

The most elusive things! Almost impossible to get close to them before they dash into the water and disappear. They love the sun and easy to spot from a distance because the sun reflects a blinding, bright light off their back like a silver platter in the sun. I was very fortunate to see a young one with the adult. Handheld from a boat.


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by david fletcher on Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:47 pm
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Must to view large. Remarkable image AnnaMaria. Such a striking contrast in size.
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by Ron Day on Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:29 pm
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A wonderful find particularly with the youngster. Looks like you did a perfect job of avoiding the glare you described coming off of their backs. The large view is excellent. Well done, AnnaMaria.

by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:28 pm
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A wonderful photo in all regards-full of wonder! How lovely to have found these two together and made such a great capture at just the right moment! Troly inspiring.
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by SantaFeJoe on Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:52 am
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Great find. At Bosque, I see them often and your description is exactly right. If not shining, they are covered with mud, but they are really fast movers. I once saw one crossing the road and they are really quick with those webbed feet. My wife thinks they are really different. When submerged with only their heads showing, they look like a miniature alligator. Great to catch the two together and the colors are strong on the adult.

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by Carol Clarke on Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:20 pm
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A nice find and well taken, AnnaMaria.  If you look closely the adult appears to be smiling....  :) 

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