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.


  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot! Love it..

  • Ciska
    Ciskaalmost 6 years ago

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

  • Matthew Williams
    Matthew Williamsalmost 6 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 Absherover 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 Yatesabout 5 years ago

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

  • Ryan  Fisher
    Ryan Fisherabout 5 years ago

    simply amazing

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpolealmost 5 years ago

    Please enter this in OUR GROUP

  • Fotography by Felisa ~
    Fotography by ...about 4 years ago

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

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