Sunday, July 5, 2009

365 Theme 84: Empty


I've occasionally come across these 'broken ping-pong balls' during my wanderings in the woods and always assumed they were some sort of trash. Bits of a plastic container ripped apart and discarded by a clueless fellow hiker.

It is a container. But it is not plastic. While waiting for the sun to set at a recent star watch, a naturalist at a local nature center drew our attention to a hole in the ground and several of these. Egg shells she pointed out. Turtle egg shells. She figured those to be snapping turtles. I don't know what once called this one home. They were long gone by the time I wandered by.

Do turtles have trash?

5 comments:

Debra said...

I would never have guessed that it was a turtle egg shell. I do think the turtle's trash will decompose a lot faster than most of ours.

Chesney said...

How cool is that? I would have thought it was plastic too!

top5cats said...

Wow so many interesting things there. You have changed my mind about NJ, LOL. I had only been to Paterson nefore and thought it was the pitts. Thansk for expanding my horizons. ALl great shots, shapes textures, everything.

LauraHinNJ said...

i've seen piles of them (dug up by a racoon, i guess) that i thought were discarded bones.

Anonymous said...

The things you learn with this challenge!