Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

we didn’t die last Friday

It was a great Friday, but Thursday was the best.

A turtle hatchling victimized by a vehicle tire. My daughter, Leah, begged me to peel it off the street saying it was too cute not to keep.

The turtle tucked into the scooter for a ride up the road.
Leah thought it was fun to have a "funeral parade" for an animal looking adorable even with a bit of its guts hanging out. Our Fridays are tough to beat.

Painted turtle.
A living turtle showed up shortly after our funeral parade for the little dead friend. F R I D A Y!

striped eyes

thunderstorm... seeing a cloud stacked up with a thunderstorm is an exciting treat in March (if you're a weather nerd...stuck at home peeling up dead turtles.)

The girls and I ate dinner on Nana’s good china in honor of burning our Christmas tree on a camp fire.

The Christmas tree is lit and a thunderstorm arrived in time to save us from ourselves and a fiery doom.

A thunder-storm after a winter day of summer-like weather-- about four or five months early for our region--was weird and wonderful.

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11 responses

  1. I love your turtle and thunderstory photos, Melissa. About the dead turtle,…well…you are as goofy as I am. :-)xo

    March 18, 2012 at 7:22 am

  2. Excellent captures!

    March 18, 2012 at 8:06 am

  3. Terrific stuff. Being a turtle’s got to be a hazardous life, they’re such pacifists, so laid back and just wanting to be left alone to be on turtle time.
    And to go from featuring the turtles so low to the ground to the rain clouds and fire makes this a really sublime and fascinating posting, but that’s what we’ve come to except from you goofy Michigan gals–we just never know what we’re gonna get.

    March 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

  4. Mom!

    Beautiful pics honey . . and may he rest in peace with such a spectacular send off. Nice to know that Leah has your heart:).

    March 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

  5. Anonymous

    I realize how weird this sounds, but, really, that is the most adorable dead turtle I’ve ever seen.

    These are jaw-dropping shots of what must be a magical time & place!

    March 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

  6. I realize how weird this sounds, but, really, that is the most adorable dead turtle I’ve ever seen.

    These are jaw-dropping shots of what must be a magical time & place!

    March 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  7. Love the cloud shots. Sad for the turtle.

    March 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

  8. It looks like your Christmas tree lit off the clouds.

    And yes, I have photographed dead turtles before too.

    March 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

  9. Great photos, wonderful story. But a sad day for the little turtle, but it sounds like you gave him a beautiful funeral.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  10. My boys always call be a turtle rescuer too … Box turtle in the road, and I always stop. Lovely photos.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    • melissakoski

      My parents have a great turtle rescue honeymoon story. It doesn’t end well, but it’s a family treasure.

      March 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

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