Endangered Chinese Pond Turtle

By Michael Gakuran | | Photography | 7 Comments |

One overcast day, about halfway through my solitary wanderings in Japan, fatigue finally caught up with me. I left the manga cafe in search of Ritsurin Koen (栗林公園), one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens, for some peaceful walking and photography to recharge.

Once there, I happened across some turtles enjoying the pond waters. With some patience and slow movements, I sat down beside the water’s edge and played. A few bravely ventured forwards out of the water as I teased them with my fingertips and for just a few short seconds, one endangered female Chinese Pond Turtle (クサガメ) gave me the most delightful yawn.

Ahh, turtles… :)

Touring Japan 2010: Day 4 – Ritsurin Park

7 comments on “Endangered Chinese Pond Turtle
  1. Callisto says:

    D’awww she’s so cute. Such a pink little mouth.

    It amazes me you were able to capture that moment. If it had been me, this photo would not exist, but perhaps a photo of the ground after the turtle had walked away.

  2. Callisto says:

    D’awww she’s so cute. Such a pink little mouth.

    It amazes me you were able to capture that moment. If it had been me, this photo would not exist, but perhaps a photo of the ground after the turtle had walked away.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You’re really good at photography. What kind of camera do you use?

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