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“A walk in the park?’

“Sure,” I said. “It’s a beautiful day for a long walk.”

So my friend, Toni and I started along the path of Loantaka Park; the one force-shared by   rivals as competitive as Coke and Pepsi, AT&T and Verizon, and the Montagues and Capulets, otherwise known as the adversarial Walkers and Bicycle Riders.

“Why don’t those bike riders make a sound to let us know they’re right behind us?”

“Well,” Toni answered, “Those bells we had on our bikes when we were children are just not a cool accessory for this generation of grownup bike riders.”

And so we dodged the bikers and briskly walked, with step counters clipped onto waistbands. Just as our heart rates were finally raised to any cardiologist’s expectations, a site greeted us along the side of the path. A small group of people centered around the attraction as we curiously joined them,

“What’s happening?” we asked the onlookers.

“A turtle is laying eggs.” IMG_0104 2.jpeg

And sure enough, as the group cleared enough space for us to see over the side of the path, we saw the turtle mom-to-be busy in labor, laying egg after egg right into the muddy hole she had dug. IMG_0105 3.jpeg I felt embarrassed for her, out in the open, in plain view, during her private time of creation.IMG_0103 2.jpeg

But she seemed oblivious to the humans rudely goggling  at her, and went about the task at hand.

The humans gradually lost interest and opted instead for getting on with their exercising programs. We left Mom Turtle and continued our walk.

I’m sure that nature took care of the rest of the details.


Comments on: "SUMMER WALK" (39)

  1. What an incredible encounter, Ronnie, and aren’t you and your friend lucky to have chanced upon it!

    • Yes, it was an incredible encounter; I couldn’t help but notice how effortless it appeared to be for that turtle mother. She didn’t seem to be in any distress or pain. One little push and another egg was added to the stack of eggs. I was as amazed by the ease of Briinging eggs onto the world as I was watching the process itself!

  2. wow this is a different kind of turtle. His head is big compared to others. I have not seen this before. You’re lucky you’re able to get a good shot of it 🙂

  3. A beautiful encounter Ronnie, not often are we fortunate to be able to witness such a magical moment. The wonders of The Great Architect of the Universe are never ending in its beauty.

  4. What a magical thing to see! 👍❤

  5. What a great “find” on a walk! Seems like a special encounter with nature and I always find those moments surprising and very special. 🙂

    • We find all sorts of nature sites in that park: the litle frog “peepers” in spring, bird nest building and an occasional snake slithering across the walking path. I am not as enthralled by the slithering as by other activities of other creatures!

  6. Brings to mind the story of the tortoise and the hare…. only this tortoise stopped for babies before continuing on to compete with bikers and walkers.

  7. jnlmurphy said:

    hello DEAREST RONNIE,i can envision your setting and the awesomeness of watchinga very private delivery while forcing yourself to stay onthe path, not responding to your inner self, to step off thepath and watch the final egg to ping onto the murky soiland allow the babe to emerge.reminds me of a similar blessed occasion many years parents had a penthouse on the beach at pompanobeach florid.  lo and behold, a HUGE turtle messily, hastily dug her hole to deposit her eggs in the sand,then turned  back into the open ocean, where touchinglyher mate was waiting for her return just yards off the sandwhere they turned full circle and headed to the deepcool Oceanit is a blessing to have both experiences, you in the swampand us in the sand.

  8. Fascinating egg laying sequence. Less than fascinating bike riders – after all they have voices, don’t they?

  9. Quite a sight! Looks like a snapping turtle.

    I am slowly training the bikers that we share our trail with, Every once in a while I put my arm in a cast then stick out my arm like I am stretching and clothesline a biker. Then say how sorry I am, but I just didn’t hear you coming. Very rewarding, but I’m spending a fortune in plaster.

    • Congratulations on identifying the Snapping Turtle, Al. I forgot to mention that minor fact…
      As for the biker trick of yours, do you use a real cast? How did you get one? When my last arm cast was taken off several centuries ago it was cut off, rendering it unusable.

  10. What a beautiful encounter Ronnie. Life goes on regardless. Wonderful pictures. 💕

  11. Adrianne said:

    Great pics. Thanks!!! Stay safe, Adrianne

  12. Wow! How gracious of her to share her moment of creation with you. Divine nature.

    and btw — bells are required by law on all bicycles here — doesn’t mean they are actually present or they are used, but they are a necessary accoutrement of every bicycle. 🙂

  13. Always nice to see nature replenishing. Bikers should say something if they are behind you. In NYC in the old days, couriers used to have a whistle to blow. Maybe you could grab a Zagster Bike Share and join ’em

  14. Gaye Fulton said:

    Third try – Lucky You – Gaye

  15. Anonymous said:

    Lucky you!

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