I was on my way to the car, when I saw this turtle. Her yellow eyes were almost bulging. I spoke to her and she just stayed in the same spot. I thought, what an opportunity to take a photograph. I went into the studio to get the camera. I took only these two photographs. I talked to her saying she best move before the neighborhood dogs come. They were barking as I spoke. I was a bit concerned for her.
She had dug a fairly deep hole next to the driveway. She is a snapping turtle. When I came home, she was gone. She had covered up her eggs. I realized as soon as I got home that I had seen a turtle laying eggs. What a miracle. What a wonder.
So,I googled to find out when the eggs will hatch and found 50 - 90 days and all sorts of other suggestions for snapping turtle eggs. This is actually the second turtle nest in the yard! Wonder of wonders, moments in the mountains never cease to provide wonders. Nature is certainly a teacher for all of us.