and as I turned I saw a second turtle, (this one appearing to be quite large) jump or move into the pond. After we moved away from the pond area we returned later and I then saw the second turtle swimming about in the pond. My camera had to contend with the glare on the water from the day's sun and light and the details are not too sharp or clear but here it below, a picture of the one that had gotten away. It was quite special to have found and seen these two snapping turtles this morning as it is the beginning of our snapping turtle season. In the coming weeks there will be many sightings of these turtles laying their eggs around our village: along the railroad tracks and the river banks. Then the waiting and watching begins to monitor the nests until their hatching in the early fall. The first year I had discovered snapping turtles laying eggs we monitored the nest closely and we watched 20 tiny baby turtles leave their nest and immediately head for the river and once there, they jumped in and swam away. That was fascinating experience to observe!