I have always liked turtles because they have to stick their head out
to go forward or backward. I try to always go forward. Turtles are
different from tortoises. They are land creatures. The turtles pictured are in the creek at my
ranch, Ambush Hill, aptly titled because the bluffs are conducive to
a successful ambush or the title is appropriate because visitors are
ambushed by the beauty of these canyon lands in the Texas Hill Country.
When my brothers and I were young, my brothers shot turtles, their reasoning being that the turtles ate the fish in the pond at the farm. I never shot a turtle. Most animals either eat or are eaten. It’s the law
of the jungle. I only kill for self-preservation or for food. And the things I kill are scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, fire ants and
poisonous snakes. The rest of the critters I leave alone except for coons and porcupines when they destroy my food sources such as the garden and
fruit trees. Rabbits can become pesky eating the leaves of okra,
tomatoes and peppers. I believe in live and let live.