Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lupines, soldiers, a dragon, and a snapper!

Yesterday I stopped in at the local Blueberry farm to grab a couple quick shots of the once regal garden before the flowers are gone for good. Better late then never!





The Lupines have pretty much gone to seed here in the NH seacoast



In the garden was this beautiful Dragonfly, though I have no idea what kind. Can anyone ID it for me?

*Steve informs me this is a female Widow Skimmer. He left a link to the male in the comments section. Thanks Steve! She's pretty cool with her double wings!


This was supposed to be in yesterdays post since it was taken at the base of that awesome tree, but somehow it was left out. When I was a kid we called this particular kind of moss, Red Soldiers. I could have sworn my mom told me that but she says no. Did anyone else call them Red Soldiers?


On my way home from work (or lack thereof) yesterday morning I found this huge Snapping Turtle crossing the road. Holy cow girl, you're gonna get run over!

What's another mother to do? Why jump out and help her of course!


Judging by the way she kept hissing at me I don't think she wanted my help. What's her problem anyway? I pushed her backside with my foot to try to get her off the road, then used a stick which she immediately tried to bite. She might be a turtle but her reflexes are like lightening! Yikes! Seriously, yikes!

School is almost out. The girls last day is on Friday and they couldn't be more excited! Such a bittersweet time. Next year they'll be in the high school together: Freshman and Senior. Jeesh, it seems like they just 'graduated' from Kindergarten!

Happy Hump Day!


28 comments:

Gayle said...

WONderful photos. Wow.

......call them British soldiers here.

Steve Borichevsky said...

It is a Widow Skimmer, Libellula luctuosa. A female at that. Keep your fingers and toes away from that snapper!!!!

Steve Borichevsky said...

Oh, BTW. The male Widow Skimmer looks like this.

Laura said...

You find the most interesting things to photograph, Sharon! One day we had a huge turtle like that in our court. We got a box to move him to the woods. He peed in the box, and that is the most powerful pee in the universe! They are definitely snappers! I can't believe your girls are still in school - I'm sure they can't wait to get out!

Snappy Di said...

Check out the lovely hat of summer green that the turtle is wearing. How stylish!

Di

suzeeez said...

Wow,what a creature! she looks like she's been around for many years. I would have stopped and tried to get it out of the road too even though I've seen one in the past with a nasty disposition.

Susan said...

Yikes! You were brave to rescue that turtle, Sharon. Shots are great. The dragonfly one is a real winner, too. Great job! Susan

Hula Girl at Heart said...

I would have been on Nikon heaven among all of those flowers. And a snapping turtle too? I'm jealous.

She may not have wanted your help, but she does look as if she's smiling.

Karin said...

What a fascinating, full of adventures day you had - and you caught it all on film to share! That is so cool! Great shots! Never been that up close to a turtle before and did not know they have lightening reflexes! Yikes1 Beautiful dragonfly!

Carolynn said...

Beautiful photos. Good job being Samaritan to the turtle, even if she was a bit feisty. You may very well have saved a life.

mormar said...

I saw several turtles like that when we lived there, people used large, flat shovels to slide under and carry them across the road. Sharon, I was very surprised to see Lupines in Sedona, AZ! I thought we were way to hot for those lovely purple NH ladies.

Riet said...

Beautiful photo's as usual Sharon. I love the top two but thyat's because I am nuts about flowers.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful flowers. Sorry don't know about the moss. That turtle looks like he could do some damage! I know your girls are ready for school to end. School has been out around here since the week before Memorial Day.

Susan said...

Great post! Love the snapping mama turtle..she looks just like the one I found a few a weeks ago and posted, but I suspect "yours" is even older as she seems to have more lichen on her...
http://susansgonetothebirds.blogspot.com/2010/05/take-my-picture-and-make-it-snappy.html

Char said...

i've never seen that kind of moss. but wonderful shots.

did you teach about not biting the hand that eeerrr, feeds her so to speak?

Rural Rambler said...

Oh Gosh Sharon I love the second shot. Beautiful. Like your turtle too and glad you got her off the road even if she wasn't very nice to you!

Loree said...

I am mesmerised by the beauty of all the flowers and the dragon fly. That turtle should say thanks instead of hissing :)

JC said...

Flowers are so pretty
Dragon fly is just too cool
The turtle is funny
(thanks for getting it off the road)

hip chick said...

I love saltbox farm. I always go there for my blueberries. Erma the owner is so nice.

The Retired One said...

I loved each and every one of those photos, Sharon. What a gorgeous dragonfly!! and that turtle! She goes so slow she has MOSS growing on her roof. hahaa

Phyllis said...

ha ha ha! While I lived in MA I had the same experience. The snapper was ginormous and when I tried to prod her along, she hissed and jumped at me. I left her in the middle of the road. Since I didn't see her squished on the way back, I assume she made the crossing :)

prashant said...

Flowers are so pretty
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Pat said...

I just love that dragonfly photo!

And are you nuts? You touched that snapping turtle? I know - you have compassion for it, but he looks pretty mean. Look at his claws - toenails, or whatever! And he bites! You certainly earned a badge for this!

Chatelaine said...

What an exquisite shot of the dragonfly! And I love the turtle too.
I once rescued one outside the Macaroni Grill. Poor thing kept bumping into the wall in the hot sun.
So I went into the restaurant got a takeout container and scooped her up.
I put her on the freshly watered grass at the side of the restaurant.
I think she was happier there.

Love the peony shot too. I can almost smell them!

Eve said...

Oh yeah no messing with them there Snappers!! Lightening fast they are! Beautiful photos as usual Sharon!

dAwN said...

This photos are all delightful! Wonderful and make me smile!

Country Girl said...

Never called them Red Soldiers and yeah, those snapping turtles are vicious! I'm nearly out of adjectives for your photography. These photos are all just so stunning.

Jan's camera said...

Hi, you have a little bit of everything in here. I absolutely am in love with that photo of the dragonfly. Great capture.