I took advantage of a nice day to take the dog for a walk around Holland Ponds near my house.
Here's the link if you want to read more about it, it's pretty interesting history.
Heehee, I looked back thru my posts to find that link and I've written posts almost every year, full of pictures! What can I say, it's a neat place? Nature-y.
Saw lots of turtles this time. At least 2 different kinds.
The oaks were so colorful!
There was a new road built in the far back, it goes to a random manhole in the woods and that's it. Jack and I walked down there and I happened to look down just in time to see this pretty guy!
Saying he was 12 inches long is probably a stretch.
These guys looked like army helmets!
I had stopped maybe 200 yards from the car to take the pics of those last turtles.
Until then, Jack had stayed nice & clean.
It's been such a dry year that the ponds are really low - so when he jumped over the log, he landed chest deep in smelly, muddy sludge! I laughed & took pictures until I realized he was struggling to get out.
He doesn't look too bad here, but he was gross.
And he tried to wade in here, too!
Luckily I was expecting the trails to be a lot muddier than they were, so I'd come prepared with a towel. Glad I had it! But he still reeked.
Linking up over at Skywatch Fridays - it's been a while!