Baby Turtle and Water Lilly by mwfoster

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I found this baby Painted Turtle on a Lilly pad in a marsh in Athens Texas. I used a 125mm zoom for the capture. The weather was partly cloudy around four in the afternoon. I was looking to photograph the Lillie and got a bonus. This is my submission for the 7th Smithsonian Mag photocontest. natural world

As I sniff a little knowing I did not make the top ten this year I join the other 10,000 entries and really marvel at how good the Dragonfly shot really was that made the top ten two years ago.


animals, baby, lillypad, nature, pond, reptiles, turtles, wetland, wildlife


  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 5 years ago

    Great shot! Love it..

  • Ciska
    Ciskaover 5 years ago

    Love the turtle, makes this an fab shot!!!!

  • Matthew Williams
    Matthew Williamsover 5 years ago

    A fellow nature photographer! This photo is stunning!

  • Kate Purdy
    Kate Purdyover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture. Nature at it’s finest! Good luck with the Smithsonian!

  • Vickyh
    Vickyhover 5 years ago

    Magic shot !

  • John Absher
    John Absherabout 5 years ago

    This is a really cool shot!!

    I have a similar shot in my portfolio except my lily pad is pink and my reptile is a frog. As you indicated, the frog was an unexpected surprise. I got it in a very small pond at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and have been back several times hoping to get more photo ops, but have not seen any frogs/toads in this pond again, so feel lucky for getting my shot when I did.

    Best of luck in the photo contest you mentioned . . . GREAT SHOT!!

  • Kathy Yates
    Kathy Yatesover 4 years ago

    that is just too darn cute!!! Love it!

  • Ryan  Fisher
    Ryan Fisherover 4 years ago

    simply amazing

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleover 4 years ago

    Please enter this in OUR GROUP

  • Fotography by Felisa ~
    Fotography by ...over 3 years ago

    That is one of the cutest things I’ve seen. You were definitely given a bonus that day.

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