We had over 9 inches of rain a couple of weeks ago.
After a drought, and then late Winter snowstorms,
with fast melting, it was difficult to deal with flooding.
One local river is still considered within flood stage.
I have been doing Spring-cleaning in the yard.
That's when I found this baby Red-Eared Slider
sitting in the grass in my back yard.
This is very unusual, as we live up a bluff,
across the road from the lake, and
about a block down the road from the bog.
That is quite a journey for this little guy!
Obviously the journey was long and difficult,
as he was quite parched and badly needed
to be returned to his natural lake water.
After checking him over, to be sure he was
uninjured, I carried him down to the quiet bog,
where I knew he would enjoy a safe release.
You can see him in the center of the picture.
When I put him in the water he stretched
his legs and head, floating for a moment.
Then he dove down into the water,
surfacing to briefly look up at me
before disappearing into the weeds.