The grands, Sweet Man and I were working in the back yard yesterday. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Sunshine, light wind (not the 65 mph gusts we have been having for the past 5 days), and doing stuff together is just the best.
Ry was helping SM reseed some areas of the lawn, after SM and GK had mowed. GK was helping me with a project I have put off for far too long. The southern side yard is always a mess. My Dad had concrete poured (very badly) some years ago. It's all bumpy and a real eye sore. Seeing that we can't afford to redo it right now, and that is where the turtles like to hang out part of the day for their sun siestas, I thought some yellow hummingbird vines to attract bugs for turtles would be a good idea and also because the hummrs love the blossums. There are 3 semi circles of soul next to the fence where lilac bushes used to grow. GK and I were cleaning out the weeds and leaves. I was turning the soil over and there they were......three baby turtles. They were still dirt encrusted and had bits of shell on them. Having never seen the light of day, until we disturbed them.
My estimate would be that they hatched last Sept, Oct and overwintered in the same location where the mother turtle laid the eggs probably last May or June. So these are yearlings. I say that because they have no egg sac remaining on their bellies. That's what they would have lived on until they came out of the ground, if I hadn't have interferred with nature's plan.
We will only keep them in until this afternoon. Then we will put them out in the violet garden where there are lots of bugs for them to dine on. The less we handle them the better off they are, so these pictures will be the last ones taken of this little clutch of turtles. Hopefully next year, I will find them again out stomping around with the big ones.
GereaKaye named them tweedle dum, tweedle dee and tweedle do. They are so beautiful and delicate. I know others don't see the beauty in them but the intricacies of the patterns in their shells, all different from one another, tiny see through egg beaks and toenails, gorgeous tee tiny eyes that watch and react........Gaia is so gracious to share the wonder of all creation. I am always so humbled by the grace and depth of nature.
Baby Turtle Blessings to each of you.