In Legend.... The Turtle carries the world on it's back. It teaches patience & endurance, and the aptitude to be strong during difficult times. Just the other day I witnessed something truly amazing, a pair of mating Snapping Turtles. I was camped out in a remote section of woods backed unto to a large pond when suddenly there was a bunch of splashing off in the distance. My first thought was that it was an otter or a bunch of ducks so I went back to setting up my camera which was recently updated to FIRMWARE 4.0. I was planning on testing it out with a combination of video and still images.
It's rare enough to see a Snapper let alone a mating pair so when I hiked down to the water and saw the two of them I was in total shock. I ran back up to the camp site and grabbed my X-T2 and rattled off some choice shots and video before they finished up and swam off to opposite ends of the pond.
These creatures are amazing...they only become sexually active in their 20's and while they aren't endangered yet, there is considerable pressure from habitat bi-section and of course...human interference. The females can store sperm for anywhere from 1 to 3 years. She chooses WHEN to reproduce all by herself.
The images and video for this article were taken with the Fujifilm X-T2 and XF100-400mm telephoto lens. The video was shot at 1080p (60 frames per second) and conformed to a 24p timeline. The footage itself was converted from F-LOG and graded in Final Cut Pro X.