Monday, October 6, 2014

Radiating





The beautiful bush still remains a great mystery. I even put it on Facebook! Still, no one knows what it is or has ever seen one. But here is a mystery that I was able to figure out!

I saw these amazing tortoises at the zoo Saturday. I found out they are Radiated Tortoises, the most protected tortoise in the world! They are one of the most beautiful tortoises, but they are also endangered. Aren't they gorgeous? And here is something even better; they dance in the rain. We left when started to rain. But if I would have known this, I would have stayed to watch the dance of the tortoise.

“God made the heavens— Royal splendor radiates from him, A powerful beauty sets him apart.”

Psalm 96

29 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Ginny There are sites on the internet that you can send a photo of a plant you need ID for. That might help you find the answer. I have never seen a more decorative Tortoise.

Ann said...

WOW. I have never seen a tortoise like this before. Seeing them dance in the rain would have been fascinating

From the Kitchen said...

Beautiful!! I've never seen them--not even a photo. You'll have to plan a return visit to the zoo when rain is in the forecast.

Best,
Bonnie

Sandra said...

amazing! at first i though you had MONKEYED with them then realized it is their normal markings. never seen anything like these and i would love to see them in the rain... they are beautiful.

DeniseinVA said...

What a fascinating and beautiful tortoise. Your photos of them are super Ginny. And how very interesting how they dance in the rain.

DeniseinVA said...

I have a plant book and I will try to find your mystery plant today :)

Sandra said...

i am pretty sure the plant is Heavenly Bamboo... research that one.

Shug said...

They are sure decorated up in a splash of beauty! Very unusual, but very catching to the eye. I'm not sure about the bush.....I think I'll research it.. Blessings
Shug

Tamago said...

Wow they are gorgeous! I've never seen tortoises like this before. Their shell is really beautiful! I'd love to see them dance in the rain. Wonder how the dance...I gotta search online for some videos :-)

EG CameraGirl said...

These tortoise shells are amazing!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Amazing bit of trivia....and wonderfully marked tortoise!

Linda said...

God is the ultimate artist!!!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Oh I DO like your new header photo; beautiful!

Linda said...

Awesome, Ginny! I love tortoises!

Tanya Breese said...

they have such beautiful markings..their name is perfect!

photowannabe said...

Stunning tortoise.
I'm glad they are on the protected list.

Betsy Adams said...

Sorry you couldn't find the name of your bush. Maybe you can find it on the internet... If you do, let us know.

Cute tortoises. Love the design. I've never seen any like that.
Hugs,
Betsy

LC said...

Until I read your text, I thought you may have joined MadSnapper in her graphic adventures in creating striking images!

S. Etole said...

Such highly unusual markings. What a sight to see and share.

Small Kucing said...

I have not seen such an unusual marking on turtles before. Yea we have many turtles over here too especially in temple area

Chatty Crone said...

I have never seen that kind before - love how you did the header too!

Ruth Hiebert said...

They almost don't look real. Ginny,you find the most interesting things to blog about.I like that.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Oh wow! These guys are new to me. The markings are very unique and beautiful.

SweetMarie said...

they are so beautiful! and they dance in the rain?! I would love to see them dance. :)

Rose said...

They are amazing! They don't look real....

Ruth Kelly said...

Each one of the tortoises have such individual markings. Mother nature at her best in design.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, Outstanding photographs of the elegant tortoises. Glad you solved the mystery of the beautiful pink blooms. Have a pleasant day and another great day tomorrow!

Beth of ".E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

oh, ok - i see - i had to re-read the post ... you saw these in a zoo ... ok. gotta ya. i was thinking you just saw them any where. we usually see a box turtle in our yard ... but probably 2 years now i have not seen him. i miss the little dude. ha. ha!! ( :

i do see them along the road. some times they are smashed. i wish they wouldn't travel those roads ... poor guys.

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh my goodness, they are beautiful. It would have been fun to see the do their rain dance. :)