What Was I Thinking: The Story Behind the Photo

By Amy McMurry

What Was I Thinking photo of red slider turtle by Amy McMurry

What Was I Thinking by Amy McMurry

I was at the park, just trying to find something to spark my photographic interest. Becoming discouraged because nothing seemed to be quite what I wanted, I started heading back to the car. Then I noticed this red slider walking (very slowly) my way. I stopped to take his photo, but I realized that to get what I wanted, I’d have to get dirty. So … I got dirty, lying down on the ground so I could be on his level. I think he got tired of having his picture taken though. I’m pretty sure he considered me to be paparazzi. Oh well. I thanked him and went on my way, happy to have come across him.