A Snapping Personality

First, I’d like to thank everyone for the kind mentions, comments and “Follows” on Twitter and Facebook during my recent absence. I have just returned from an art show in Springfield, Missouri. Had lots of fun, but it got awfully hot … temperatures on Sunday reached 94F, with full sun … gee, I’m not really ready for those temps yet! Right now, I’m preparing for my next show, “Paw Prints” at the Dallas Zoo this coming weekend.  If you happen to be visiting the zoo this weekend, please stop in and say “Hi”.

Today’s post features a large snapping turtle that I photographed yesterday morning at a nearby wildlife area, on the Kansas side of the state line. I have been wanting to visit the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area and NWR for some time, but just never got around to it. On a break from preparing for this weekend’s art show, I drove to the area and checked it out. It looks to be a very promising area, especially in the spring and fall bird migrations. The most interesting find yesterday was this large snapping turtle that was on the gravel roadway, moving from one water pool to another:

Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

I look forward to more trips to the Marais des Cygnes area!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, from 310mm to 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/10 to f/13
  • Shutter 1/160 sec.



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