At least once each spring/summer, we spot our resident turtle in our yard. We presume it is the same one, as their range of movement isn’t very large and they have a long life span; we believe it is an Eastern Box Turtle. It may also be a male, as its eyes are bright orange and not brownish, and it has the shell type of a male.
We take the time to inspect each other, I grab the camera, and after a bit, we all go on our way.
They are a bit difficult to photograph in the bright sunshine, as their shell reflects the light, so I usually focus on its spots or head.
You can see that they aren’t very large; the child’s hand gives a good indication of the size.
Once we have completed our inspection of each other, the turtle usually goes scurrying off. We only had to help it twice, once when it got stuck in the raised beds of our garden, and the other when we didn’t think the driveway was the best place for it to be.