Saturday, May 14, 2011

Copious Hollow


This past week, the Hollow was a virtual cornucopia for life's simple pleasures.  As I dumped the clippings near a thicket along the creek, I felt as if something was watching me.  Sure enough, this big guy was spotted!!  He was huge, slimy and appeared as if he was ready for undercover work.

Much to my surprise, I was able to run in and grab the camera only to find him waiting patiently for me.


Then, the next morning as I walked the yard with the dogs, I saw a large brown mass near the fence.  Even Copper approached with caution which was quite surprising for my boy.

It, too, was enormous...biggest Snapping Turtle I ever saw!  Once I was able lift him up and over the fence line, I thought for sure he'd head toward the creek.

Watching him slowly ascend the huge hillside and veer to the left, following the deer trail into the back woods...one step at a time, I was amazed by it's tenacity.  Meanwhile, other activity was taking place as well.



Venturing out of the woods, the first was soon followed by a second, a third and fourth.   Picking through the grass, searching for grasshoppers I imagine, they remained close to the edge of the clearing.









Then this guy showed up...strutting his stuff in front of them all!  Of course, you know how turkeys are and their ability to spot things.  I had to take this shot from inside the garage to avoid disturbing him.

Ah...life in the Hollow  

16 comments:

mybabyjohn said...

How wonderful to each day feel a part of a much larger picture.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

You get snapping turtles over there? We just get box turtles and some little small turtles. I've never seen a snapper.

Sandra said...

I am now suffering from "hollow envy" ha ha. wish i could have seen all this, i would NOT have picked up the snapping turtle. good boy to know to be careful around it, there is a reason they are called snapping turtles, they are like me Mad Snappers ha ha

texwisgirl said...

love watching nature all around! lovely sights you shared!

Angela said...

Wow! Looks like you had lots of visitors at your house! I wouldn't touch that turtle with a 10 foot pole! Those things are viciously mean! You could loose a finger or two or even your entire hand from those things!

Have a Great Day!
Angela

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

Well done with the strutting tom! I've managed to get a few shots of turkeys from time to time, always with a long lens, but never managed to catch one in full strut.

Chatty Crone said...

What a wonderful day in the Hallow - everyone is waking up!

Theres just life said...

What a great variety of life in your neck of the woods. Unfortunately the wildlife around here is camera shy or is it dog shy. The only thing I was able to snap a picture of was a Rattlesnake, from a long distance off of course. So long you couldn't tell what it was.
Your bullfrog apparently wants to be famous and was waiting for his close up.

Samantha said...

Holy mother of all snappers! That is one huge sucker!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What great pictures and such life to see and enjoy!

There was a huge snapping turtle crossing the road the other day and I stopped to help him across the road and tried to push him with my foot and someone stopped and told me to not do that--He got out and used a stick to push him across the road and the turtle grabbed the stick...All I could think about was that could have been my toe! :-)))

twbcountrygirl said...

You're a brave woman. I wouldn't have the nerve to pick up that big snapper. I've seen one break a big branch in two. And you know if it had bitten you, it wouldn't have let go until a clap of thunder.
the wanna be country girl - Caroline

Rascal Rescue said...

My silly dog would have gotten his nose bitten off! LOL

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

Wow! You have had lots of company in your holler. And people think the country is boring. Silly city people.

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

Oh My! Computer glitch. I am so sorry. Can you delete them on your end?

Donna said...

Almost like living in an exotic zoo! .Neat!

gld said...

Great shot of the strutting tom turkey! I have only seen that here once.

Your hollow (holler) is coming alive this spring. Enjoy every minute of it.

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