Weekly Photo Challenge – Treasure

Hawksbill's Portrait

Hawksbill’s Portrait

I have so many people and things that I treasure in my life, that it’s hard to choose, but I thought I would share one of Mother Earth’s treasures. The critically endangered Hawksbill turtle is a representative of ancient times. A gentle and charming creature, this treasure deserves to continue its existence on this planet as a reminder of our connection life and to the seas.

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58 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Treasure

  1. Wow, gorgeous! I love the colors. Looks like a jewel box! :)

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  2. Eloquently said, Cathy. I am in complete agreement with you. I see that they’re hunted for their shells. That reminds me of ivory poachers. Great shot of a beautiful creature! I hope it continues to transcend time.

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  4. Wow – what a gorgeous picture! I just love turtles, they are so gracious and beautiful animals :-)

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  5. Brigitte says:

    Beautiful Cathy! I love turtles. Here there is a big deal about protecting them. There is a Sea Turtles Organization, responsible for ensuring the baby turtles nest are undisturbed and they get safely out to sea. It’s very cool, nature and all. Happy weekend.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Brigitte. It is so great that we have several organizations that are working to restore turtle populations throughout the world. I was very excited to see several Hawksbills around Bonaire – and relatively young ones!

      Happy Valentines!

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  8. seabluelee says:

    That truly is a treasure. Did you spot this in the wild? That water is astonishingly clear.

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  11. Great minds think alike because we took a very similar approach!! We chose a tortoise instead :-) This is a great photograph!!

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  12. bikerchick57 says:

    Nice Cathy. There are so many treasures in living things and yet humans choose to endanger them. I hope this little guy and others like him hang around for many years to come.

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  13. marydpierce says:

    That really is a stunning photo. When I first looked at it on my iPhone I thought it was a jewel box. Just beautiful. I like your idea of treasure, Cathy!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Mary. The colors on that site were truly representative of a jewel box. It’s one of the many things I love about Scuba diving – the colors are simply amazing. And these turtles are a treasure to me. It’s so exciting to see them in their natural environment!

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  14. Your photos are ALWAYS a treasure! Let’s hope that enough other people treasure these guys too! xo

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Dawn. Bonaire has an active turtle conservation program. They protect their nests and apparently even help to usher the babies into the water after they hatch. They don’t actually touch them, as that seems to disorient them and reduce their chances of success, but I’m told they create the circumstances – like building up sand ramps – to help them make it back to the ocean. It seems to be working because we saw several Hawksbills during our week of diving.

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  15. unfetteredbs says:

    Good choice. Beautiful array of colors. Happy weekend Cathy!

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  16. Amy says:

    Beautifully said about our Mother’s Nature treasures, Cathy!

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  17. Austin says:

    Susie sent me. Very nice. :)

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  18. Elyse says:

    What a beautiful picture! And it’s making me feel so warm — it’s snowing out, and my muscles are in need of some warm salt water. Thanks for my fix!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Elyse. Glad you liked it! We were there in December and now it seems like so long ago. The snow has been amazing here in Colorado! But hopefully Spring is on its way!

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      • Elyse says:

        I’m in Northern Virginia — although originally from Conn. They don’t know what to do with snow here. It cripples the area. But we got about 14 inches on Wednesday night/Thursday. That’s more than enough!

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      • Cathy Ulrich says:

        Wow! I grew up in Georgia and they really don’t know what to do with snow – they’ve gotten their share this winter too. But 14 inches in Virginia! Do you guys have snow plows there?

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  19. Great photo, by the way Susie sent me!

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  20. I want to thank Susie for sending me over!

    The photo is stunning.

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  23. Stopped by from Susie’s party. Gorgeous photo! I love the eclectic, vibrant colors and all the different patterns, merged together to showcase nature’s beauty. Well done.

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  24. susielindau says:

    What a great shot! He/she was peeking right through there at the perfect time!
    Thanks for bringing it to the parry! Have fun with all the guests!

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  26. aFrankAngle says:

    So many underwater treasures … thanks for sharing. FYI: I keep thinking Where’s Waldo? ;)

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  27. Yes truly a treasure Cathy!

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