Early this morning it was below zero and, despite the sun, the temperature is still hovering below freezing. I’m working on revisions right now from a chair strategically located in a patch of sunshine and just remembered this photo I took in Kapok Park last January.
I feel a kinship with this sun-worshipping turtle. If there was a big, warm rock for me to embrace, I’d be doing the same right now.
The moorhen and turtle maintained a peaceful coexistence, but the heron’s jabbing movement caused the turtle to retract its head. Once the heron backed off, the turtle came out of its shell and all was well at Kapok Park.
I’d like to think these two turtles were riveted by my presence or had surfaced to deliver an important message from their community , but the truth is they were merely hanging out in hopes I’d drop some food in the water. I had none.
Their disdain was palpable.