I love when my camera lets me see, with its zoom lens, what I can’t quite see without the magnification. Above is a turtle that has been basking on logs in my backyard river, Coyote Creek. I have seen several of these, but this one is often with her baby, which I was able to photograph, below, with my point and shoot. Much grainier and fuzzy but by the time I got back with my tripod and bigger camera with the 10x zoom, baby had gone a-swimming. Their shells are so shiny in the sun I had to underexpose the photo to see the patterning. Now I know these are called red-eared sliders and that they love to bask in the sun. I have never seen them in my creek until this year. Sometimes I’ll just hear the plop as they drop into the water and swim away when I come down to the lower yard. Maybe they’re getting a little more used to me. I love the reflection of their shells in the water, like crescent moon scoops. We’re all enjoying the sun as we draw closer to the summer solstice.