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SPRING STILL COMING ON
self | April 07, 2013 | swampsniper

Posted on 04/07/2013 11:10:05 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER

I got out with my son in law, got coffee and just rode around. Grandson is at National Guard annual training through this month so it's quiet around here. Even when he is asleep there is a subliminal rumble present LOL, and you miss it when he goes out the door.

The ponds were all quiet today, nothing but sunning Red-eared Sliders, Trachemys s. elegant. Believe it or not these are the same turtles they used to sell in dime stores, with the little tank and a plastic palm tree. Last week they were just peeking out of the water, today it was warm enough for sunbathing.

There are several Sliders, got to look close, but the red is a tip off.

The Double-crested Cormorants, Phalacrocorax auritus were sitting right were they were last week, there is plenty of food and they aren't working hard to find it.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: birds; florida; photo; turtles

1 posted on 04/07/2013 11:10:05 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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2 posted on 04/07/2013 11:11:03 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I hope you make a coffee table book of your photography. You have a gifted eye for composition.


3 posted on 04/07/2013 11:12:43 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great shots, wow. Wow.


4 posted on 04/07/2013 11:23:21 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Always a treat..Thank you!


5 posted on 04/07/2013 11:24:59 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Wow. Turtles. Don’t get them around here. Nice :).


6 posted on 04/07/2013 11:30:16 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I really enjoyed the turtle pictures. Thank you, Swampy


7 posted on 04/07/2013 11:33:25 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Nice shootin there Sniper! Hope to see much more in the near future.


8 posted on 04/07/2013 11:33:43 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Hardraade

Where are you? I don’t see how life can go on without turtles, LOL, what do your frogs have to gossip about?


9 posted on 04/07/2013 11:37:36 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Norway, upland at a largish river. Much colder than FL. Hardly any frogs, even. But lotsa swans.


10 posted on 04/07/2013 11:44:54 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Swampster..great depth of field on the turtle shot.Is that an “ole fashion” camera or one of them new fangled digital thangs?
Iam an ole Minolta 201 and Mamiya 645 type.
Still like my film although I am pricing out digital backs for the 645(not cheap).
Would like a Blad b4 I die


11 posted on 04/07/2013 11:48:30 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Swamp Turtle Gumbo

~ 4 – 6 lbs. turtle meat
~ oil
~ 1 – 2 lbs. smoked sausage, cut into 1” pieces
~ 1 large onion, chopped
~ 1 1/4 cups chopped celery
~ 1 1/4 cups chopped bell pepper
~ 2 tbsp minced garlic
~ 1- 14oz. can chopped tomatoes
~ 1 cup cut okra
~ 2 tbsp roux (flour gravy)
~ 1 – 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
~ 2 cups water or turtle broth
~ salt and pepper
~ Louisiana hot sauce
~ cooked rice

Boil turtle meat in salted water until tender. Remove meat and save broth.

Chop meat into 1” – 2” pieces.

Place a small amount of oil in a Dutch oven or large pot.

Add turtle meat and lightly brown on all sides. Remove meat.

Add a little more oil if necessary and lightly sauté the onion, celery and bell pepper.

Add the garlic, tomatoes, okra, roux and Cajun seasoning.

Stir in 2 cups of water or turtle broth.

Mix in the turtle meat and sausage. Add salt and pepper and hot sauce to taste.

Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer 2 – 3 hours stirring occasionally.

Adjust seasoning as needed and add more water or broth if needed.

Serve over cooked rice and enjoy.


12 posted on 04/07/2013 11:52:02 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: t1b8zs
Got that with a Sony A200 and an old Sigma 400mm made for Minolta Maxxums. The Sony mount is the same. On the Sony it gives 600 mm equivalent.

I've got film gear all over the place, it's just too much work getting good processing around here.

13 posted on 04/07/2013 12:08:25 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great shots!

:-)


14 posted on 04/07/2013 12:09:33 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Hardraade
You need at least one turtle and a frog, you could install another bath tub!

I live surrounded by swamps and marshes, everything from frogs to alligators.

15 posted on 04/07/2013 12:11:37 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I see him in the stack! I'd know him anywhere! It's Obama the *PostTurtle*!

THX for the joyful pix 'Sniper! As always, thank you for sharing.

16 posted on 04/07/2013 12:36:43 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: outofsalt

Just curious...what does turtle taste like?

Great pictures as always...thanks for sharing.


17 posted on 04/07/2013 12:58:59 PM PDT by berdie
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To: berdie

Mostly caramel.


18 posted on 04/07/2013 3:04:54 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: berdie

A little like spotted owl!)


19 posted on 04/07/2013 3:30:32 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Nice shots. Got turtles all over New Jersey,( big nasty Snappers even) Black Cormorants too, flocks of them, along the Shore.


20 posted on 04/07/2013 6:16:42 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Love seeing your pictures Swampy!
Missed seeing them for too long!!
Hope you are well.
What a joy to have grandson in your life.


21 posted on 04/07/2013 7:31:31 PM PDT by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Seeing Swampy’s name on a post,
my heart skips a beat.

Each time to the thread I coast,
knowing I’m in for a treat.

Continuing thanks for all the pleasure you give FReepers!


22 posted on 04/07/2013 7:32:53 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I wish I knew the birds like you do.


23 posted on 04/11/2013 7:52:04 PM PDT by handmade
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To: handmade

You just learn one bird at a time.


24 posted on 04/11/2013 10:10:50 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Okay LOL
Seriously- I too really appreciate your posts. You have a talent and you live where I would see few of the birds you so eloquently photograph.


25 posted on 04/12/2013 9:06:08 AM PDT by handmade
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