This is the first in a series called View from a Bridge —capturing wildlife secretly lurking under the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge that spans the upper Delaware River.
Myrtle is the big one. She’s a female painted 🐢 turtle of the type you may once have adopted as a tiny pet —only all grown up and ready to spawn.
Mac is NOT a juvenile, but a male—yes, men, that’s as big as the guys get, and Mac is just one of a bunch of males seemingly courting Myrtle.
They’re standing upon the base of a bridge stanchion! The Delaware River turtles flock to these concrete beaches in summer, to sun and stretch their limbs. I photographed them from the pedestrian lane—just part of the secret wildlife world that thrives along the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge.