These self-contained, quiet creatures are steeped in mythology; for centuries, turtles have been considered to magically unite heaven and earth. They symbolize longevity, for they are long-lived and seemingly ageless. Turtles represent female energies and the primal Mother Earth. It is said that four elephants standing on the back of a giant turtle hold up the world.
All winter as Bridget and I circumnavigate the lake early in the morning, I keep watch for turtles on the logs near the shore. I saw my first sunbathing turtle just yesterday morning; a celebratory event captured on film by musician and fellow early-morning-lake-walker Lauralee Smith. The waters of Greenlake are warming up, the sun is sufficiently strong to coax the turtles out onto the logs - I hope we can all take a cue from these basking turtles and find a moment to revel in the pleasures of springtime.