The log of one man's quest for wind and sunshine

Missão Tartaruga

This time of year, the loggerhead, leatherback, and green turtles are coming to shore to lay eggs on South Florida’s beaches.  I lived in Florida for ten years, but shamefully never made the effort to go see them lay or hatch.  So, this past Sunday, my friend Chris and I did a little midnight run to the beach under a near-full moon, and took some long-exposure shots with a tripod.  In all, we saw five turtles dig nests and lay eggs.  Once the nests start hatching, the hatchlings come out for about three days, but unfortunately we didn’t see any baby turtles this outing.

Florida is simply amazing in the summer time (and under-appreciated IMO).  The ocean was so still and the temperature balmy.  Nothing to be heard but the gentle sighs of the turtles.

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