Caturtleday, with face-planty goodness

Caturtleday, with face-planty goodness

Caturtleday, with face-planty goodness

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June 11 2011 6:38 AM

Caturtleday, with face-planty goodness

I love biking, especially in Boulder. There are trails everywhere, and lots of fun wildlife. Whenever I'm out I see hawks, prairie dogs, red winged blackbirds, rabbits, and more. Sometimes even owls.

What I did not expect to see the other day, however, was a big ol' turtle lumbering across the bike path! [Click the picture to testudinate.] For scale, I'd guess his (hers? Who can tell?) shell was about 30 cm across. He was trying to get to a creek off the path, I think, when I got this shot.

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I switched to video on my camera, and happened to catch a moment that I'm sure would embarrass the turtle if it had access to YouTube:

Ha! Boom. Clearly, he shook it off and kept going. After I took this clip, he got a better look at how steep the creek bank was, changed his mind, and turned around. That process took several minutes; turtles are in no hurry.

As far as video quality goes, my apologies for a) the panting; I had just gotten off my bike to take the video so I was still catching my breath, and 2) the wrong aspect ratio for the video; I was holding my phone sideways to take pictures and didn't turn it upright for the video. Sigh. I guess turtles have the right idea. Hurrying just gets you in trouble.

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