Every year I save at least three turtles, it doesn’t take much effort and hopefully they appreciate it. Now by saving them I don’t mean I read them a short passage from the bible, or tell them an inspirational story about races with rabbits. I help them across the road before they get run over in a senseless slaughter.
The most important thing to remember is to move them in the direction that they were already traveling. They know where they want to go, they’ve probably planned out the trip for weeks in not months, so keep this in mind.
Knowing that you’ve probably saved a life is reward enough, but now that the little guy is safe you might as well take a few pictures. Gently place the turtle in good light and try different compositions. At some point, usually after 20 or more shots they will probably hiss at you.
This is a reminder to check your settings and wrap it up. Turtles, contrary to popular opinion, are impatient creatures and want to move on.
I found this one at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and tried to capture his dignity and sense of purpose. I wanted to convey turtle existentialism and the search for meaning in all living things.
When all was said and done though, it was a hissing, annoyed turtle with a man 100 times his size lying in the road pointing a camera in his little turtle face, looking for meaning on a beautiful summer day. Stalemate.