Hi, Mr. Earle:
I'm a wildlife rehabilitator who specializes in reptiles and I also lecture about reptiles to train other rehabbers. While preparing a presentation, I saw your photo of turtles on a tree. Would you be willing to grant me permission to use your photograph in my presentation? Full photo credit will be given.
It would be great to have such an excellent example of the climbing ability of turtles to educate wildlife rehabbers.
Turtle Rescue of New Jersey
New Jersey State Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
She was referring, of course, to my well-remembered post of April Fools' Day, 2008, entitled, "Golf Course Hazards."
What? You don't remember it? Well, go ahead and click the link to the title and read it . . . The rest of us will wait here until you get back.
Okay, now that you've refreshed your memory, I'll tell you the rest of the story. I found and sent to her the full-size version of the two photos (the ones in the blog post were compressed), and asked her a few questions.
Here's her response:
Thank you so much for your kindness!
Me: I’m curious; did you Google “climbing turtles” or something similar and find a link to that old blog post?
Exactly! I used Google Images and found the photo in your "Romantic Ramblings" blog about golf course hazards.
Me: Would you like me to email you (attachment) a higher-resolution version of the shot(s)?
That would be great. I like to use the best quality photos I can find. I do most of my own turtle photography, but never was lucky enough to see tree-climbing turtles!
Many, many thanks! Your photos will now be famous in the turtle rehabilitation world!
Now, to be honest, I never even knew there WAS a turtle rehabilitation world. (I'm sure my daughter Amy, who has always loved turtles and everything to do with them, knew.) But hey, fame is fleeting and sometimes is associated with fortune (you've heard the phrase "fame and fortune," right?)
So LOOK OUT WORLD!
And thanks, Xxxxx Yyyyyyy. May you cause many thousands of turtles to be rehabbed by you and your trainees, as needed!