LOCATION: LBTS, FL
STORY:I have to resist thinking of wildlife as “pets”, but sometimes it can be awfully tempting. During the COVID summer of 2020, I spent a lot more time with the local turtles in my backyard, and while getting to know each of their personalities, and their willingness to be a model, I was relying on their physical differences to tell them apart from a distance. That made me break my rule of not naming wildlife, by coming up with descriptive names like “Fibi-Notch-y”, “Old Faithful”, and pictured here in Aurora is “Barnacle Bob”. With local beaches mostly devoid of swimmers & boats during the lockdown months, there were actually tons more turtles living happily right at the water’s edge – at times, so many that it was tough to tell them apart without these silly names!