Yesterday while out shooting wildflowers & only having my micro lens, I came across a female Painted Turtle who already had the nesting hole dug to lay her eggs. I observed her while she laid the first egg and then watched her carefully take one hind leg and gently tuck the egg into the soil. A few minutes would pass and another egg was laid for a total of 6 , each time gently moving the new egg either to the left or right side and tucking it away. When finished with the last egg, she covered them with the remaining soil and left the nesting site into the tall grass.
Her work was finished and I had witnessed a unforgettable moment and lesson learned in nature...life is good!
naturewildlifereptileturtlePainted TurtleWisconsinnesting site eggs Painted TurtleDarlene Jansen Photographyspring 2014