Sunny days in springtime may be the very best days for turtle lovers. These guys dig out of the mud where they spent the winter and climb up on whatever they can find to bask in the sun. At Meadowlark Botanical Gardens they have placed hay bales along the pond edges for the turtles, which look awful but really work. There were dozens of turtles basking, some still just totally covered in mud and others that had apparently been awake for a while like this pretty painted turtle.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist