It was a gorgeous April morning at the Donnelly WMA .
I got out of the car to take a photo of the egrets
And saw this in the water
And then on the bank a large chicken turtle
stranded upside down by the receding tide and unable to right himself.
Without a care as to whether I would be able to pull myself back up the steep bank,
l scrambled down to rescue him.
Bravely ignoring his hissing, I flipped him over, and off he went.
They're named chicken turtles not because of a cowardly nature or a resemblance to a chicken
but because their meat tastes like chicken.
Meanwhile the alligators began coming out of the mud for some spring sunshine.
Lots of singles and a few
pairs and then ...
See those logs floating on the left? They're not logs, they're gators!
We counted fourteen on the little sandy beach and in the water at this spot.
See? Gators, not logs.
Wildflowers on the roadside in Yemassee, SC