May 1, 2009
"I was walking down Bell's Lane one day..." Actually, it was a few days ago, in April, but it was warm enough for May. The recent heat wave was a welcome relief for the cold-blooded animal species who depend on sunlight to maintain their body heat. Which leads me to this large reptile that I saw on two consecutive days a few hundred yards apart on Bell's Lane. It's possible it was two different turtles, but I saw it get up on its legs and start walking, to my surprise, so he could have covered that much ground.
Jacqueline was entranced by the beast, and I had to warn her that she could lose a finger if she got too close. Granted, turtles aren't what most people think about when they think of spring, but they are among the most seasonally-sensitive of all wild animals in this part of the country. The wild birds and flowers are the clearest sign that spring is really here at last.