“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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A Picture Paints a 1000 Words...

...or perhaps several photos in a series can tell the story with a 'happy ending'. At least I hope so!!



As Bud and I were out for our morning walk along the boat channel used by fishermen and boaters to head out to sea, I spotted an older woman, on the opposite side of the jetties, in the channel water?!!! This looked like a mighty dangerous thing to do. The huge boulders that make up the jetty on both sides are slippery with seaweed, moss, and the current can be treacherous at times when the tide is rushing in. Or the wake from the boats speeding along can topple you over and there is a high chance of drowning or being pulled under. I, of course had my binoculars and camera ready for any bird activity, but the curiosity got the better of me. She was out there all alone. What was she doing? Am I witnessing a suicidal attempt? She remained on the rocks. in the water, barely moving, looking down...


I then realized she had something in her hand. A turtle. Closing in on the situation, Bud and I saw that the turtle was tangled in fishing line!! Trapped and unable to swim.

She was trying to rescue it. Eventually another 'by-stander' climbed down the slippery boulders and assisted. Here is the story with no words----

---just a 1000 or more words come to mind as the rescue was a success and free at last!!




At the moment she released the turtle, freed from the trap, and it slowly began to make some headway, stressed as it must've been, the woman touched her heart, threw a kiss and bid farewell!   She climbed out, sat on the boulders looking out in the murky water for a long spell...deep in thought.  Hope her heart and act of kindness allows her to feel good by her selfless task, putting herself in danger to save an innocent creature!!  Bittersweet.  May  the turtle live a long, carefree life!!

51 comments :

  1. Happy ending, indeed. Wonderful story! Thank you!

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  2. This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for bringing this story my way, and giving me also something to be thankful for: YOU. :-)

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    1. Awwww, you know how to make me feel good D J. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed this.

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  3. Hello Anni, what a lovely lady and story. I am always thankful to hear of these heroes and happy to hear the turtle swam away. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your new week!

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    1. Thanks Eileen...you too enjoy your week.

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  4. Beautiful, just beautiful.

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    1. Indeed....always good for the soul to read a happy ending.

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  5. Oh my goodness Anni now that was a once in a lifetime experience for you...for sure you were in the RIGHT place at the RIGHT time..as was this wonderful loving caring lady....Someone needs to give her a medal!!
    Great photos!!
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Thanks M&M....it was a happy ending!!! And yes, she deserves some recognition...so I had to share the story today.

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  6. Oh, thank you, Anni, for sharing this with us!!! We could all use more people like this in our world as well as the turtles and other creatures!! I was moved to tears of gratitude for this lady!! Thank you again!!

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    1. Tears of Joy!! It was so good to see it released again....tired as it had to have been from the struggle.

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  7. Heart wrenching to see turtles caught in fishing line ~ Grateful for people like that wonderful woman and your photos are so heart warming ~ thanks,

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  8. Oh my goodness, blessings on that brave and caring woman! You documented it beautifully. What a great ans uplifting story!

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    1. ...thanks Sallie...glad to know you enjoyed this.

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  9. What a wonderful and interesting capture on your blog today. Awesome lady to be concerned for the little guy!

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    1. I was in awe of what she and the guy accomplished. Such wonderful people.

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  10. Now this is a wonderful story! Love the happy ending.

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    1. Me too....just hope it 'came back to life and was able to swim away after such trauma!'

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  11. Nice photos and story. I am happy that the little turtle is saved. Brave lady she is...
    Frozen In Time

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    1. ....that she was....VERY brave.

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  12. Awwwww what a great act of kindness. Glad she and the turtle survived.

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    1. Indeed...I too was glad to see her out of the water and dangerous situation she put upon herself to save the turtle!!

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  13. That is wonderful.

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  14. Wow! What a story and you were able to capture it. I like your blog but this is one of the best posts since I've been reading your "stuff".

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    1. How sweet of you to say this Paula. Thanks.

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  15. That was so heart warming! I'm so glad you captured this.

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  16. wow, awesome story.

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  17. That was so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.....

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  18. What a heart-warming story!

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    1. I'm so glad to read all the positive, wonderful words in the comments...such as yours Fiona.

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  19. That is a great story. Your photos capture it perfectly The lady was so kind and thoughtful and I hope the turtle survived to live a long and happy life!

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    1. I too hope it lives a long, healthy, happy life. And thank the lady for the rescue.

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  20. What a heart warming start to my day - thank you.
    Gathering tangled bunches of fishing line left behind is a normal part of the RG's excursions. Another form of litter but one that endangers the wildlife and that doesn't sit well with him.

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    1. What irks me is to see all the 'garbage' strewn all over our beaches and sidewalks/streets in the public areas, when most of it is just inches away from covered trash receptacles!!!

      Thanks Gayle.

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  21. Really love the progression in these shots. Wonderful. Thanks so much for linking in with "Through My Lens".

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Thanks Mersad, and thanks for hosting

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  22. Wonderful story,Anni! How neat that you were in the right place at the right time to capture and share it with us! Fantastic!

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  23. Amazing that you appeared at the right moment to watch her help the turtle.

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    1. It was a good feeling to watch it all take place.

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  24. Her act was so moving and self-less! She has a beautiful heart. I am so glad you captured this event and shared it with all of us! I'm so happy for the turtle! :-)

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  25. Oh my goodness...with all the nasty in the world... a bright spot....long life to the turtle and may we please get over our plastic addiction...Michelle

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    1. ...that's exactly what I thought...a good feeling report!!! Thanks Michelle

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  26. Wow! What a great thing for her to do. Beautiful.

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