Critter Connection: Midland Painted Turtle

I so enjoy wandering around our property with my camera.  Some days I discover many beautiful treasures, like this stunning midland painted turtle!


The midland painted turtle is a small to medium-sized turtle, ranging from 5-9 inches.  Its shell ranges from black to olive-green.  Their skin is usually black to light green, yet their forearms display vibrant red lines.  The head and neck have yellow lines running from the nose to the mouth, downward, turning red as the lines meet the neck.


This beauty can be found in most of the United States and southern Canada.  The midland painted turtles are extremely hardy and very tame.  This is a bonus, when photographing them!


Knowing the barn would not be a great place for this sweetie to lay her eggs, I relocated her back to the edge of the pond.  I am so hoping our paths cross again!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


Roda’s Critter Connection

I believe I can safely say that Spring has sprung in west Michigan! The high for today is a beautiful 70 degrees.  WOO-HOO!  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Spring…butterflies.  Although they are not awake outside yet, they are still flying about at our local botanical garden.  After the snow last week, I found myself pulled to the tropical room, for another visit with my fluttering friends…

Tiger Longwing – Heliconius hecale


Small Postman – Heliconius erato


Hecale Longwing – Heliconius hecale


Orchard Swallowtail – Papilio demodocus


Blue Morpho – Morpho peleides   (The master of disguise!)


Blue Morpho – Morpho peleides



Remember, it is never too late for a little transformation…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


Each Monday, grab your camera and join me by sharing your favorite critter.  Remember, no critter is too big or too small!