Soaking Up The Sun

photograph a turtle sunning on a rock in the James River by Doug Couvillion

A great time of day to spot turtles in the river is at dawn.

Since they are cold blooded the turtles need the warm of the sun to really get moving.¬† Rocks in the middle of the river provide a great opportunity to soak up the sun’s energy in a place where they won’t likely be disturbed.

When I found this Eastern River Cooter warming on the rocks the sun’s rays had just made their way over the trees on the river bank.