Happy World Turtle Day!

The purpose of World Turtle Day, May 23, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Source Credit: World Turtle Day, Wikipedia.

An Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) spotted at West Meadows Trails, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

An Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) was spotted on 14 May 2016 at West Meadows Trails, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

An Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) spotted at West Meadows Trails, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

A turtle is a good metaphor for the wisdom of slowing the rapid pace of day-to-day existence in order to enjoy some of life’s simpler pleasures.

I visited this location hoping to find several species of uncommon odonates, but I wasn’t so driven that I couldn’t take a few minutes to photograph an animal that I see less frequently than one might expect.

An Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) spotted at West Meadows Trails, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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3 Responses to “Happy World Turtle Day!”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Enjoyed the beautiful colors and details in your photos, Walter, and also the accompanying message. There is a real virtue to slowing down at times and I welcome reminders of that truth.

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