Home, Home on the River (Part 1)

Residents of the Clear Fork seen in their neighborhood this week:

When I was misspending my youth on Sycamore Creek, softshell turtles, which look like a snake that swallowed a pancake, were always the most exotic critter to catch and take home to put in the washtub aquarium. I have seen few softshell turtles in the last fifty years and none the size of this one: about fourteen inches across. I asked it to pose next to a familiar object like a soft drink bottle to provide some scale, but it just muttered something about “darned paparazzi” and took its leave.

This is a six-inch softshell sunning at the same location.

Heron with goop du jour.

A mossy ten-inch version of the silver dollar-sized red-eared sliders that we bought at Mott’s or Leonard’s for forty-nine cents.

Single file.

Home, Home on the River (Part 2)

Share:Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on RedditShare on Tumblr
This entry was posted in Fauna, Rollin' on the River, South Side. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *