One Huge Snapping Turtle!
We were on a long overdue holiday camping in northern Michigan when a friend spotted this Common Snapping Turtle. She was digging a hole with her hind legs and seemed oblivious to our presence, like she was in a trance. None of our group had watched a turtle prepare a nest so we sat on the grass ten feet away and used flashlights to watch. Over the next hour she finished digging and laid thirty four soft white eggs the size of ping pong balls. It was pretty amazing to watch. Normally I wouldn't come near a snapper, especially one this size! She was about 11 wide, a beak as big as my fist, and had to weigh over 20lbs.
That was one of many great moments from the trip, but now it's back to reality. Hope to have energy to post more shots later this week, but we're in crunch time at work and I'm gonna pay for taking a couple days off..... ah well, I'll be back as things slow down.