This morning, while I was cooling down from my exercise routine, I looked out the back window to see a box turtle headed toward the ground-level water dish at what, for a turtle, qualified as a dead run. I knew that the sides of the dish would make it tough for a turtle - that one is primarily for deer and turkeys to come and get a drink, but other critters like it, too. So, I grabbed a shallow dish filled with water and a couple blackberries and went down to greet my guest. Usually, the turtles will retreat into their shells until I back away but this one apparently smelled the blackberries and marched right up to me and took one out of my hand. Thirsty *and* hungry.
Don't you just love the expression of blackberry bliss? Munching with eyes closed and complete absorption. This first one one ate four blackberries without flinching before wandering off to do other turtle things. But when I looked up, I saw another, smaller turtle heading our way, so I offered it blackberries for breakfast, too. It was more shy and did the shell retreat dance before tucking in to a juicy repast.
When I gave turtle number two a third blackberry, it decided to just take the berry and carry it off somewhere to enjoy in peace and privacy. And that's my story for the day.....
The End..... :)