Saturday, December 17, 2011

May 2011 Part 7 -- Enjoying God's Creation

It's been some time since I posted anything about nature studies.  Of course there are always plenty of opportunities to enjoy and investigate God's creation informally, with or without photos.  But here are a couple things we saw in May that I did happen to get photos of.

Below is a cool-looking snail, found at my parents' place on Mother's Day.  I haven't discovered what kind it is.  Feel free to share if you know.  Likely it's the same kind pictured in a previous post, but this is a better photo of it).

And here is an ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata ornata), also discovered at my parents' house, at the end of the month. 
I don't think he really cared for having his picture taken (or she, as the case may be...).

We tried to feed him watermelon rind, but he wanted none of it. 

He was determined to escape, eager to be on his way. 

 But he had important things to show the children about himself first.  I made this photo bigger so hopefully you can see how the shell is closed up.

I enjoyed taking photos of him, even if he did look a little grumpy.

Free at last! :)

Here is a site with more information on turtles of Missouri, if you're interested.

You can also see some of the other things from God's creation that we've looked at, linked under the Nature tab.


  1. Those are some wonderful pictures! I would think the turtle would have loved the watermelon, but maybe he did feel trapped. :)

    1. Thank you! Yes, the turtle just really didn't seem to care for all the excitement. :)