World Turtle Day

May 23, 2018 -  It's World Turtle Day!... World Turtle Day was established in the year 2000 to celebrate sea turtles, teach people about them, and in doing so, encourage protection of our favorite sea creatures.... If you are in Florida for the summer, consider going on a guided sea turtle nesting walk.... Read more


Return to the Sea – Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchlings!!

July 12, 2015 - We interrupt the previously scheduled blog post to bring breaking news from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, where <gasp> Rich joined me for sunrise this morning and <woo hoo!> we saw a pair of hatchling Loggerhead Sea Turtles make their return to the sea!!... When I was a kid, my cousins…... Read more

Wake Up and Preen

Small Things to Make You Smile (Lake Morton)

August 6, 2014 -  It was five or six teeny tiny turtles....  Mindful of Rich's dislike of Limpkins (ever since I saw one eating a baby turtle at Circle B), I glanced around to see if my little turtles were safe....  I stood there protecting the turtles until they all made it to cover.... Read more


The Incredible Nesting Sea Turtle

June 10, 2012 - For years I've been telling Rich about going on turtle walks when I was little.  My grandparents lived really close to Loggerhead Park, a turtle rehabilitation center.  It was right across the street from the beach.  The center occasionally sponsored walks at night, allowing people to see the adult turtles…... Read more


Happy World Turtle Day

May 23, 2012 - Rich wishes everyone a Happy World Turtle Day!... If you didn't know, World Turtle Day is an annual event to protect turtles and tortoises around the world.  This year Rich is helping to protect sea turtles by being an "adoptor" of a Hawksbill Sea Turtle.  Here are some things you…... Read more


Out of Bounds Attempt #2

January 8, 2012 - Rich told me that I had to practice on turtles.  After all, this site is called "cat and turtle."  (Don't tell Rich, but attempt #1 was on a coot taking a bath and I really liked how it turned out!)  So here is my second attempt, on a turtle which…... Read more

In Search of a Long-Tailed Duck at Lake Davis

November 23, 2011 - I've been reading about the Long-Tailed Duck on Birdbrains, so Rich and I decided to drive over to Lake Davis to see if we could find it.  Lake Davis is a small lake in the middle of a downtown Orlando neighborhood.  It's very close to Greenwood Cemetery, but I resisted…... Read more


Slow motion: Turtles

August 22, 2011 - Friends often ask why our website is called "catandturtle" when most of my photographs are of birds.... Well, I've always been a cat lover, and Rich has grown up with an obsession for turtles.... So when I come back from photographing, Rich always asks if I've seen any turtles.... Read more


Anniversary at Bok Tower Gardens

June 5, 2011 - Since it's our anniversary, I'll be nice and post a turtle picture for Rich.  (He does remind me regularly that this site was inspired by cats and turtles...long before the birding craze began!)  So here are three turtles who were sunning themselves at the Window by the Pond.... Turtle There…... Read more



March 3, 2011 - Rich gets annoyed at me for not posting more pictures of turtles.  After all, our site is called "catandturtle" because I like cats and he likes turtles!  Then I did post a video of a turtle, but Rich refuses to watch it, because the turtle was being consumed by a…... Read more

Turtles at Stoneybrook West

July 27, 2010 - We haven't been seeing very many turtles at the Circle B Bar Reserve lately.  But Rich found a kindred turtle spirit living a few blocks away from us.  We had to laugh when we first saw this yard statue of a turtle with his golf gear.  It felt very appropriate…... Read more


Callaway Gardens Trip – Spring 2010

April 15, 2010 - We spent the whole four days walking around the gardens.  There are several good hikes that Rich likes, one that takes us right near what he has dubbed Turtle Pavilion.  There are also lots of turtles under the bridge outside the Discovery Center.  They fight with the fish for fish…... Read more

Hummingbirds at Leu Gardens

December 11, 2009 - Rich and I took his parents to Leu Gardens while they were here in Florida.  Being turtle people, they were excited to see the turtles in the pond: turtle I was more excited to see this female ruby-throated hummingbird nectaring.  It's late in the year to see hummers in Orlando. …... Read more

Georgia Aquarium trip

August 27, 2008 - We went to the Georgia Aquarium to see turtles for Rich's 29th b-day.... Of course we had to check out the loggerhead sea turtle first.... Loggerhead Turtle There was also an impressive beluga whale on exhibit.... Read more

A trip to the Turtle Museum for Rich

August 11, 2007 - When I was a kid visiting my grandparents in Juno Beach, we'd often go over to Loggerhead Park, the "Turtle Museum" across the street from my grandparents' condo.... So when I married a turtle freak, I told him all about the museum.... We finally got to visit and Rich had…... Read more