Eastern Box Turtle

Eastern Box Turtle, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IndianaI remember how exciting it was to find these turtles when I was a kid growing up in central Connecticut. We also had snapping turtles and painted turtles, but they were more common. The real prize was the eastern box turtle. I came across this one many years later in southern Indiana — still a pleasure to watch them slowly make their way across the forest floor.
Nikon D200 with Nikkor 70-200mm lens (at 200mm) ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/160th of a second

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  1. Sue December 1, 2017 at 12:07 am #

    Wonderful perspective, Sean. You must have been as low as that box turtle when this photo was captured.

    • Sean Crane December 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

      Thanks Sue. Yes, as low as I could get and still have a view through the grass.

  2. Susan Rubeo December 1, 2017 at 6:47 am #

    Catching up on photos remarkable the pictures from Thailand loved all 4
    Your now cousins always enjoy finding Turtles on the reservoir but never one so colorful in the grass must have been easy to spot & gave a great contrast of colors with surroundings

    Aunt Sue

    • Sean Crane December 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

      Thanks Aunt Sue. Yes, this one was easily spotted in the forest. They’re almost more tortoise-like than turtle-like.

  3. Peter Butterfield December 1, 2017 at 7:05 am #

    —– Solemnity and grace
    —– Of Wyeth’s Christina
    —– Inscribed with time’s calligraphy
    —– Blessed and celebrated
    —– Among the swift .

  4. Lisa Gluck December 1, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

    Our boxer, Katie, used to carry one or two home every year. They were unhurt, and we just sent them back on their way

    • Sean Crane December 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

      Katie obviously identified with the name of these turtles.

  5. Tom December 6, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    Great pic!! Box turtles are the best!!

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