Lynne Hollingsworth  

Gopher tortoise by Lynne Hollingsworth

October 2020 - Gopher tortoise

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Gopher Tortoise

On a recent trip to the local animal rescue, this big boy caught my eye. He was found with a cracked shell which they believe was done intentionally. Happily his shell was glued, and he is now safe and protected in his own area. As a Gopher tortoise, he lives on land. He's an old guy, identified by the fading of his shell and length of 15 inches. You can tell he's a male because the edges of his shell are concave. If the shell tapers to the end without being concave, it's a female. In most areas of Florida, when a tortoise is found crossing the road, people stop, pick them up and put them where he or she is headed. Tortoises can live an average of 40-60 years in the wild, up to 90 years in captivity. They're solitary creatures but don't mind a roommate. All tortoises are turtles.

This image was cropped, the sand surrounding the tortoise was darkened, and some areas were sharpened because he had gotten muddy. Then converted to monochrome in silver effect pro using Nik software.

5 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Looks great, and a totally interesting subject. Your accompanying story is so informative and personal (there are way too many images in these Digital Dialogues that don't provide much text in their stories).   Posted: 10/06/2020 23:25:02

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Interesting image & info. My only suggestion is if possible to separate the turtle (especially the face) to make it more visible. But that is just me.   Posted: 10/08/2020 20:34:24

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I like the texture on his shell etc but I agree with Russ that the head could be differentiated somehow -maybe by lightening it a little. Is the black behind and to the right a bit too dark as I can't see any detail there at all.   Posted: 10/09/2020 06:33:09
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The back right is a bit dark, but I've probably lost any detail when the shot was taken. There was a canopy of leaves that left it quite dark. I agree there isn't enough delineation between his head and body - his head was covered in drying mud. Maybe lightening up the edges of his head would help.   Posted: 10/10/2020 07:53:19

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Interesting subject and story. I thing that the crop is great and the conversion to mono was good. I agree that more separation for the head would be good, but I am not sure how to best do it.   Posted: 10/12/2020 15:37:12


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