common snapping turtle (chelydra serpentina)

Twice this month I’ve been lucky enough to find a common snapping turtle in the wild. Well, Steve saw the first one first, but I found the bigger one! (haha)

Here’s the first one, I can’t remember if I posted him here or not:

Common Snapping Turtle Common Snapping Turtle

That guy was on a road that isn’t traveled that much, near the flooded areas of the Mississippi River. He just wanted to get away from me, too, even though I didn’t really bother him that much.

But here’s the one Elijah and I saw the other day:

common snapping turtle common snapping turtle

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dynastes tityus

Rhino Beetle So we’re sitting there at Sonic waiting for our food and Steve says, “Whoa! Look at that beetle over there!” Amazing enough in itself, I actually see it first try (as opposed to getting the typical, “no there, no right there, RIGHT there, are you blind!?”). It’s about two or three empty car-spots away and it’s huge! Lying on its back – of course – wings sticking out and flailing around.

“Wow,” I say. Then, “I’m gonna go get it.”

“Wha…? Are you serious, really?” (He was surprised!)
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birthday wrap-up

more birthday presents Elijah pretty much made out like a bandit this birthday. He ended up with a rather good-sized John Deere tractor, a Mack & Lightning McQueen Lego set, some small hotwheels, several new outfits, army men, a toy long barrel Kentucky rifle, a bubble blowers set, a dry-erase writing thing, $30 worth in a giftcard and cash, not to mention the tractor that came off of the cake. Who knows if I even missed anything, the day was quite a whirlwind, especially when it came to presents.

Tonight, though, we all went out for a sit-down dinner and then we drove around a bit looking for nature (and did find 5 deer), then to the store for Elijah to spend his $30. He has more money than that but the rest is in coins so we left it for another day. He’s been filling this can in the hopes of going on a shopping spree.
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swim time & such

Today I went out to a friend’s house to do a reformat of a computer and so the kids can play. Her son is one of two boys at our church who’s birthday is the day before Elijah. They’re pretty good buds and they had quite a good time. I also got a chance to use the new camera a bit on the all kids. Afterward, Elijah and I ended up taking the long way home and I took yet more photos, but none of those are uploaded yet. Tonight we did much of nothing but after the boys all fell asleep, I got caught up on my digital scrapbook printing. My friend does “real” scrapbooking but is interested in the digital so I thought I’d finally catch up on the printing so I could haul the book up and show her next week. Just gotta trim the extra edges off and pop them in the book! I did a layout tonight, though, and one yesterday:

Scrapbook: Minnith Country Fair Scrapbook: Elijah's 5th Birthday

I realized, when printing, that I do a lot of pages with a lot of green! however I printed out about 15 pages before the yellow in the cartridge started going out. Not bad for a cartridge that’s already been used.

But, anyway, here are some pics from today, then it’s off to bed for me!
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Nikon D60!!!

Well, I don’t think I have ever been this excited about a camera before! I love this thing!

Yes, it arrived today, finally, the Nikon D60. I can see right off that there are, of course, some things I’m going to have to get used to. For instance, I have to get used to (again) looking through the eye piece rather than using the rear LCD screen to set up a shot. Of course, that’s how my SLR is, but I’m just out of the habit of shooting that way, for obvious reasons. I also noticed that I’m going to have to be very careful about turning the thing off. I don’t know yet if it has an auto-off like my other cameras do after a certain period of time, but since the lens doesn’t suck up inside the camera like them, I’m going to have to make sure I pay special attention to whether or not the switch is turned to off or on when not in use.

Anyway, I don’t think I have anything to say about the camera right now that you can’t already find by Googling it, but here are some of the shots I’ve taken today, trying to get used to this thing.

Little Tiny Toad! Wildflowers Trumpter Vine along the guardrail Thistle Weeds Weeds Pink Gladiola
I am excited, though, about setting up and doing some really long exposures but I gotta get the remote first. Also however, excited about that, ’cause it’s less than $15 from amazon.com. (That surprised me, I was expecting more.) Oh, and I did get the two lenses with it, the standard 18-55mm and the 55-200mm one. I am loving that 55-200mm, too, by the way.

Anyway, I’ll shut up now. Have to get back to making supper and soon there will be a speed scrap at the scrapmatters.com forums. I missed the one earlier today so hopefully I can make this one. :)