A Dirt Clod Reveals a Hidden Box Turtle

As I was driving down the auto tour road at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, my eyes caught a peculiar sight in a plowed field. A small dirt clod seemed to be moving, and I couldn’t resist pulling over to investigate. As I got closer, I realized that it was a Three-toed Box Turtle making its way across the field.

Three-toed Box Turtle on Alert in Plowed Field
Three-toed Box Turtle on Alert in Plowed Field

I was amazed at how far away I had spotted the turtle and decided to follow it from a safe distance. After noting the direction it was headed, I carefully drove ahead of it to a spot where I could capture a clear shot. I parked my pickup and patiently waited for the turtle to come closer.

As it slowly but surely made its way towards me, I took several shots. The Box Turtle extended its neck, looking around for any potential danger in its path.

After capturing a few more pictures, I left the Box Turtle to continue its journey.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: May 2, 2023 (10:25 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600
  • ISO: 640 (Auto)
  • Exp. Comp.: +0.3
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

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