My first "wildlife" picture.. a baby turtle

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  1. kellylindseyphotography

    kellylindseyphotography TPF Noob!

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    My model found this baby turtle during our shoot. We were leaving the shore of a lake and on the way up the hill, she saw this tiny little thing moving, it looked like a rock or a piece of coal with a tail . Strangely, (or maybe no so strangely, I have no idea) it was nearly all black and had a long tail. I know nothing of wildlife or turtles but thought it was pretty cool. CC welcome!
    All shot wide open at 1.8 with my 50mm
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    3. and then we went back down to the lake and set him free
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    I may be mistaken, but that looks like a baby alligator snapping turtle. I have never seen one that small.

    I don't know if I would have held it like that, though. Looking at the size compared to the hand, it could have taken a nice little chunk out of that thumb.

    Very cute, but here's what they turn into:

    http://www.dausettrails.com/snapturtle.jpg
     
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    kellylindseyphotography TPF Noob!

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    We tried to see if it would snap by first putting a stick in front of its face. It never snapped so we "ass"umed it would be OK :) Luckily we were right lol!
     
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    :lmao:

    That's because they like meat, not sticks......:lol:
     
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    kellylindseyphotography TPF Noob!

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    good effin gravy man! :meh:
     
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    Definitely a terrapin snapping turtle. They can be vicious suckers when they get older.
     
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    i love image #1. very cool find!! thanks to Phranquey for showing us what the "mommy" looks like! lol yikes!!!
     
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    Nice pictures, but it is a young turtle, ergo a child, so can you really say you're branching out?
     
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    hahaha i love those pictures!
     
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    The turtle was probably thinking... "Ok, look it's another one of these crazy humans who thinks I'm gonna stupidly bite a stick... just wait... I'll show 'em." :lol:
     
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    And because you set him free, someday, down the road, when you're like, drowning or sumtin' in that lake, he's gonna like remember, and like save yer butt! :mrgreen:
     
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    ...or put a stick in front of your face to see if you'll bite it. :lmao:
     

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