Thursday, November 29, 2007

A gift

We've all been there. You walk around, looking for a photo worthy of a post and all you can find is a turtle sticking his head out of the (Canoe Park) lake. It doesn't look very interesting, you can't see much more than what's on the surface, but resignedly, you click anyway.

And then you come home, upload it to your computer and SURPRISE! The camera saw so much more: entire graceful creature, body armour and tail, suspended in water like a young Esther Williams!

Technically, it is known as a Florida soft-shell turtle, but I call it an Unexpected Gift ;-)

28 comments:

Jim said...

Very neat picture, but if I saw that head sticking out I would run the other way.

Chandlermom said...

Isn't that the truth? I rarely delete photos on my camera anymore because sometimes the end up as great pics on the computer!

freefalling said...

I love this photo!
And I agree wholeheartedly with chandlermom - never delete! - you just never know!
I don't mean to be judgmental about his looks, but that turtle sure does have a big nose!

Me said...

It is amazing, isn't it, what the camera sees that we don't! I'd be so sad without my Nikon. Great shot of that guy, he is a looker, eh? :D
Thanks,
Wayne

Olivier said...

on a trouvé le fils du monstre du loch ness ;o) je suis pas tres sûr qu'Esther Williams aimerait la comparaison ;o))

We found the son of the loch ness monster ;o) I am not very sure qu'Esther Williams would like comparing ;o))

Nikon said...

That is a very weird looking turtle :)

Jilly said...

I so agree with you, Isabella, and everyone else. You just never know what you've got till you get it home. This is a gift indeed. Even down to the little dots on the water and the different blues, but the light on the turtle is extraordinary. Amazing it came out as it has.

Mitch said...

I've seen lots of turtles, but this thing really freaked me out! That's such an unusual perspective, thanks!

His eyes seem to say, "How did I get in this situation? Why are you laughing?"

- Mitch, Daily Minneapolis photographer

R&R in The Netherlands said...

The distortion from the water really does make for an interesting photo. Nice shot & glad you kept it!

Sonia said...

Wow! Great photo indeed! Well done!

Sonia said...

Wow! Great photo indeed! Well done!

Gwen said...

This type of turtle is always a little different with his nose shape.:)You really have a great turtle photograph and the underwater portion turned out well.

oldmanlincoln said...

Boy the colors on this picture are remarkable. I really think it is one splendid photograph.

GMG said...

Wow, this one is stunning! What a wonderful surprise. I wish I could get some of these surprises, but usually only discover blurred pictures where I thought to have just fine ones... ;)

Amit Wadkar said...

so the Loch Ness monster's in Naples....n people r wasting time seaching the Loch!!!!!!!!!!!

Rambling Round said...

Wonderful photo...almost looks like it's arriving from outer space.

Ioanna said...

I like this creature i find it very cute! I also like very much the colors of your photo!

Moi said...

this is a GREAT photo, Isabella...it must have been a serendipity to come back home to discover this staring back at you :)

Felicia said...

Simply magical!

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Hi Isabella,
What a wonderfull found!!!
This photo is like a GIFT! , you did a good job by saving it,

Thanks for visiting my blog, I Just want to let you know that: I POSTED TODAY (FRIDAY) again 3 more HUGH works of the LOUVRE on my blog, a slide- show with 34 photo's and 8 collages, also a close-up of the MONA LISA, so please watch it :)

Have a great weekend! :)

JoAnn:)

Chris & Deb said...

My gosh I thought is was the Loch Ness of Naples!
Incredible creature!!

slinger said...

They don't make turtles like that around here. Very interesting I must say.

Mo said...

I has no idea what that was. At first glance I thought you had post an auora. Yeah an aroura in Florida! What was I thinking? :)

Ming the Merciless said...

Awesome photo! And I have had similar experiences as yours. Sometimes, I think a photo was just boring but it turns out nicely on the laptop. And vice versa.

Dsole said...

you're so right, the pic is amazing!!!!

Annie said...

What an awesome picture, I absolutely love it! He looks like a friendly little fellow.

Linda said...

Wow, I love this. It looks, under the water, like an alien from space.

-K- said...

Yes, you're absolutely right. I've taken many photos thinking it's at most a slightly interesting shot. But when I upload it its so much more than what I expected.

Just goes to prove there's an extra element, very mysterious, to photography and that's why I stay at it.