Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Turtle Tuesday - Eastern Box

I arrived at the office this morning to find this sweet little Box Turtle in a dishpan on the conference table.  My co-worker wasn't in the office at the time, but he was on campus.  He must be the reason this little one is visiting.

Now far be it from me to ignore the opportunity to sketch a turtle on a Tuesday!  I chose to sketch it using the Paper 53 app, as next week David Rankin will be on the island conducting a workshop in which we will use the iPad/Paper 53 app in the morning and then create a watercolor from our sketch in the afternoon.  Can't wait!

Did you know:
• There are two species in the United States; Eastern & Western (Terrapene ornata)
• A key characteristic of box turtles is their hinged plastron (bottom of the shell) that can be shut completely to exclude predators.
• The Eastern Box Turtle is the only land turtle found in the state of North Carolina and is the 'state' turtle

For more information on this turtle, please click the link on 'did you know' above.

6 comments:

  1. Love the story. Love the turtle— what a fabulous drawing. Almost worth buying a new iPad (I sold my early version.) You're always an inspiration....

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    1. Thank you so Suzanne! Oh, do get another iPad if just for Paper 53, you'll love it! You girl, are the inspiration :)

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  2. What an opportunity! Love the piece, as always!

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  3. How amazing..... just yesterday evening there was a Florida Box Turtle in the grassy lawn of a neighbours house...the first I have seen this year. They are such lovely creatures. Ours had some wonderful marking which looked like uniform, but abstract, marks made with a paintbrush. I love your turtle and so nice to read about them.

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    1. Thank you so, Maggie! I was amazed to learn how many subspecies there are for the Eastern version!

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