Shooting this group of seven Painted Turtles from above, on the passenger lane of a country bridge, I was briefly joined by a jogger who paused, looked down and remarked…
“Good day for Turtle Yoga…”
When I gave him a puzzled look, he said, “You know, they warm up in the sun and s-t-r-e-t-c-h. I saw a bunch of them doing yoga on the canal,” and he jogged off before I could thank him for the headline.
Above, you can see the entire class, with different turtles achieving varying degrees of extension and flexibility, just as you’d see in a human Yoga Group.
And below, a closeup for your edification. Observe the center Turtle’s legs and neck. Obviously, he’s the one teaching the master class.
Both photos are part of my new series, View from a Bridge, capturing the secret world of wildlife that thrives under the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge. I’ve been walking across this bridge for decades, ever since I was a kid, never dreaming what a rich and fascinating micro-environment it hosts.