I am often asked how I see some of the things I do. The answer to that question comes in two parts. Part 1 is that the Good Lord puts me in positions to see things. Part 2 is that I am always watching for something unusual or out of the ordinary.
For example, today as I was paddling my canoe on the Wapsipinicon River I noticed a fish apparently swimming backwards while also being upside down. I recognized the position of the fish, the direction of travel, and their relationship to normal. Since I have been doing this for a long time, I knew right away I was seeing something different and grabbed my camera. It took a while, in fact it wasn’t until I was shooting pictures that I realized I was seeing a snapping turtle with a large fish in its mouth.
Since this turtle did not leave the water to eat its breakfast, I was only able to photograph part of the turtle’s head holding the fish.
Snapping Turtle Eating A Fish:
While paddling I shot some photos of the effort.
Canoeing on the Wapsipinicon River:
Other interesting things seen along the Wapsie are shown below.
Northern Water Snake in Branches:
Bullfrog Along Wapsipinicon River:
Destroyed Turtle Eggs: