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Cosmic Turtles, Part Three

On a warm Virginia day I walked to the Eastern Seaboard Coastline double tracks near our house and came to a small pond lying between the track grade and the woods.  A stand of wild irises grew in the water, along with rushes, green bubble-beaded algae, and sedges.  It was a small habitat not entirely suited for a water turtle, but I found one there—a five-inch spotted turtle who at sight of me dove into the water and scurried to bury himself in leaf litter at the puddle’s bottom. Continue reading Cosmic Turtles, Part Three