Undertoad Saturday Jul 8 04:50 PM
7/8/2006: Turtle at Discovery launch
Nothing But Net Saturday Jul 8 05:01 PM
Undertoad, are you developing a reptile fetish?
Trilby Saturday Jul 8 05:22 PM
That tortoise has a mighty sprite-ly jaunt, doesn't he? So cute! Lumbering away, inch by asphalt inch, making his dent in the world, while the silly rocketmen (the Hare in this analogy if you WILL) rush to the moon. My money has always been on the tortoise. Plus, slow and steady is a far better sex strategy than quick and all-over-the-place.
Ibby Saturday Jul 8 05:31 PM
Isn't he rather dangerously close?
astrodex Saturday Jul 8 07:18 PM
I grew up in Florida. We called these Gopher Turtles and they were quite plentiful when I was a kid. At summer camp we would hold Gopher Turtle races; give them names like "Seatle Slow" and paint their shells. Jetty Park is as close as I ever got to a launch (saw the first moon launch from a highway that looked like a parking lot when I was 4), but I don't think I would want to be that close.
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Jul 8 08:28 PM
The press gets closer, don't they?
Trilby Saturday Jul 8 09:02 PM
Anybody ever read Alice Hoffman's TURTLE MOON?
rkzenrage Saturday Jul 8 10:00 PM
They are threatened now... some places they are plentiful but most they are rare. Very sad. When I was a kid they were everywhere. We have lots on our ranch and take care of them.
axlrosen Saturday Jul 8 11:13 PM
If you combine these last 2 images, it reminds me of a joke:
axlrosen Saturday Jul 8 11:15 PM
You know, I can't tell which way he's facing, but the 2 feet on the far end don't look like they're touching the ground. Holy cow, I think he's galloping!
Elspode Saturday Jul 8 11:32 PM
You'd be galloping too if you heard, "5-4-3-2..."
mitheral Saturday Jul 8 11:38 PM
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Jul 9 12:07 AM
The right rear is down and the left front is on the toenails/claws. The right front and left rear are mid-step. He's trotting.
Griff Sunday Jul 9 08:40 AM
Well Bruce if it is harness racing you want Tioga Downs finally reopened as a harness track.
Trilby Sunday Jul 9 10:27 AM
Kitsune Sunday Jul 9 11:14 AM
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Jul 9 02:46 PM
Sprite-ly = elf-ly
Jaunting = short journey
We were discussing his gait; lumber, trot, pace, gallop, boogie.
Elspode Wednesday Jul 12 11:26 PM