A Desert Tortoise
This is our fifth winter here in Arizona, and we have never seen a desert tortoise. We did find bits and pieces of a shell earlier this year, but that’s the closest we have come. Until our Sunday afternoon stroll through the desert.
We were walking along and Torrey went over to look at something. I called her and she was hesitant to come to me, which is kinda unusual. We could see she was looking at something, but couldn’t tell right away what it was. So we walked toward her, and were shocked to find a tortoise. We never would have found it if not for Torrey, so yeah for her! I snapped the photo above with my cell phone, because of course that’s all I had. I also used this photo for the Dogwood 52 prompt of Storytelling-Perspective. The tortoise’ perspective was pretty low to the ground.
I went back to the same spot yesterday afternoon, because we could see he had a dug himself a den right there. They are just coming out of hibernation, so I don’t think he is going very far.
I did a little Wikipedia reading, and found out they are threatened…which I knew. But I also found out they live 50-80 years, and can have a home range of 10-100 acres. Which seems like a lot for a slow moving creature.
I’m so glad we saw him, what a fun find.
My other 52 week photo challenges this week are, Out in Nature, for 2LilOwls.
And Black and White for the Pet Photography. Torrey is a great model for black and white. I then added the textured background to hide the chair she was in.
Proving yet again, you never know what you’re going to find in nature.