Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – New Beginnings / Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

“Nourish Beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.”

M. Rukeyser

Beginning The Journey

Beginning The Journey

Let’s Be Wild’s Weekly Photo Challenge this week is “New Beginnings”, which reminded me of a very special memory.  Each spring, on the beach at Kiawah, we are home to hundreds of loggerhead turtle nests.  Mature turtles, who can live up to 60 years and weigh up to 300 pounds, crawl onto our shores to lay and bury their eggs.  They are guided only by the moonlight and an amazing sense of navigation. Every morning before dawn our Turtle Patrol checks the nests to keep the eggs safe from predators, and to help any stray hatchlings make their way to the water, leading them by flashlight when necessary.

One early spring morning, I was privileged to see a single tiny creature beginning her journey.  After breaking free of her egg, she struggled to the nearest clump of grass for a short rest.



“A  journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”


Once she had regained some strength, she began the long crawl across the sand to the ocean, where she would spend the rest of her life.  As soon as she started out, it became apparent that she had one misshapen flipper, and her journey would be arduous at best.  Because we are not allowed to interfere with or touch the newborn turtles, we could only watch and hope.

Fond Farewell

Fond Farewell

“It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.”


Although it took her far longer than her brothers and sisters, she eventually found her way to the sea, offering us one final, backward glance before the waves swept her away.  We could only hope she would someday return to build her own nest, full of tiny hatchlings beginning the next generation of lives on our welcoming shores.


41 thoughts on “Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – New Beginnings / Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

    • They’re something aren’t they Madhu?! Your comment on Frizztext’s post prompted me to revisit them.

      Sent from my iPad

  1. I just love these!!! You’re so lucky to have witness such in intense moment! I remember the night we were woken up on the beach in Costa Rica in Feb.2011, by a green turtle looking out for a place to lay her eggs… she accidently uncovered another nest and lots of baby turtles hurled themselves out… and started heading in the opposite direction… had to scoop them up with sand towards the sea… and wonder at the situation and at what they’d become…
    Your pictures are beautiful, as always. Wish you the best for the challenges and an awesome 2013!

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    • Thanks so much Angeline! And good luck w your people resolution! One good tool for that is a good zoom lens :-). Check out my people shots on the weekly challenge -resolve. Love the zoom 🙂

  3. Your words with the images are lovely Tina .
    I can feel the way you would have been mentally u r g i n g the little turtle onwards 🙂

  4. I particularly love these photos, Tina. Since moving to Jupiter I fell in love with Loggerheads, and visit our hospital for the hurt adults and baby hatchlings at least every month!! Great photos!!

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