MEET MYRTLE..AND MAC! This is the first in a series called View from a Bridge —capturing the secret wildlife world hidden under the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge. This country bridge spans the beautiful upper Delaware River and supports a rich micro-ecology that begged to be photographed.
Myrtle is the big one. She’s a female painted 🐢 turtle of the type you may once have adopted as a tiny pet —only all grown up and ready to spawn.
Mac is NOT a juvenile, but a male—yes, men, that’s as big as the guys get, and Mac is just one of a bunch of males seemingly courting Myrtle.
And they’re both standing upon the base of a bridge stanchion! The Delaware River turtles flock to these concrete beaches in summer, to sun and stretch their limbs. I photographed them from above, in the bridge’s pedestrian lane.
Myrtle and Mac are just one small part of the secret micro-ecosystem concealed under this country bridge. PLEASE let me know if you’d like to see more!