basking on a verdant log,
stretch up to the sun.
The backstory: Turtles are on my mind—I recently received an email notifying me that all but one species of Ontario turtles are facing possible extinction. Snapping turtles are particularly at risk as hunting them is still permitted, their wetland habitats have diminished and they are often killed on roadways. I read recently that turtles are among the oldest of reptiles, having evolved millions of years ago. This seems to make them even more precious.
The first photo is in the public domain and made available by Pixabay.com.