I was out chasing bugs at one of my semi-regular haunts, and I saw a lump a ways off up the path I was on. At first, I figured it was a rock, but something didn’t seem quite right about it, so I abandoned the critter I had been chasing and went to take a look. Turns out it was a turtle.
I’m not sure what it was doing in the path, they usually hang out on branches and rocks in the water and dive off at the first sign of a person approaching. This one decided to play dead though, and I was able to get right up to it. Unfortunately I had abandoned my camera bag about 50 yards away when I started bug chasing, and I only had part of a roll left (and I used up a fair bit of that from further off in case it took off before I was able to get closer).
I did manage to get *right* up to it though, the closest picture was at the minimum focus distance (1/2x magnification) of the lens (an old Tamron 90mm f/2.5 Macro with adaptall 2 mount). Anyway, here are the photos:
Ok, not really. It’s up against the glass at the SD zoo. It had recently been cleaned, so you can’t really tell. Cut out of the bottom half of the photo is the log that he had wedged himself up against to sleep.