As you know I’ve tried in vain to sneak up on the basking turtles at the foot of our yard. Yesterday I looked out at our driveway and lo and behold a turtle was making her way toward the street on her way, I’m sure, to find a soft flowerbed somewhere in which to lay her eggs. There wasn’t much she could do but tolerate me as I walked in slow circles around her. She posed for me but I must say that her smile was less than enthusiastic. I identified her as a red eared slider even though the strip running up her face is green. But her carapace (shell) doesn’t look like a slider shell to me and makes me wonder if she might be what is called a western pond turtle. Still to be determined.