Turtle Hatchlings

By Saturday, July 12, 2014 grafphoto 13 Comments

I am still digitizing some old 35mm slide photographs via my D800, and this series I came upon is from 2002.   We had a few yards of dirt delivered to our backyard, and covered it with a tarp to keep it from blowing around too much.   That tarp sat undisturbed for awhile due to the intended projects being postponed.   I remember lifting the tarp one day to find a nest of eggs.

turtle hatchling in egg

Blandings Turtle in Egg | Nikon F5, 105 f2.8 macro lens, Fuji Provia 100F film, photographed Aug 2002, – digitized by D800 July 2014

We had only been in our house for a couple years, enjoying our proximity to the woods and the critters we encountered.   This however, was a real treat.   I remember not knowing exactly what kind of eggs they might be at the time, they seemed too big for a snake, so I felt pretty comfortable in assuming they were turtle eggs.   I left them alone and placed the tarp back how it was.

Every day I would go and take a peek, monitoring their safety and progress.   Upon one inspection, I saw some eggs missing and one of them starting to crack open.   The missing ones may have fallen victim to a predator.   I could see some slight movement in the cracked one, so I grabbed my camera.

I was able to witness and photograph the first emergence of this little guy into the world.   Over the course of the next week, I was able to photograph another one mostly out of the shell.    To date, it remains in my memory as one of the best backyard wildlife encounters we have had.

turtle with egg shell photo

Blandings Turtle with broken eggshell, Nikon F5, 105 f2.8, Fuji Profia 100F film – photographed Sept 2002, redigitized Jul 2014

I am enjoying the memories brought up by going back and looking through some of my old slides.   Rephotographing them with my digital camera not only has allowed me to apply my current know-how in processing, but also some alternative routes as well.   I thought these particular shots worked well as monochrome conversions.

 

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