So while I was a bit skeptical that turtle would still be around, we drove back. (Last fall I had an encounter with an amazingly quick moving turtle, so I have kind of revised my expectations of being able to capture a good photo of a turtle.)
But it turned out that this turtle was in a 'pond' that was created by some spring flood waters, so he wasn't going anywhere. Plus the frogs were croaking so loud you could hardly hear yourself think, so all the sudden I was envisioning awesome photos of frogs too. Boy was I was getting excited.
Well, it turned out that the big giant turtle was really shy. He kept his head in the water about 90% of the time we were there, and it took 5 minutes before I believed he was more than just a rock. Then when he did bring his head out it was all covered in swamp goo. I could still hardly tell he was a turtle. Can you see it?
I also got a neat shot of some ducks, and as we left I got lucky and captured a photo of the turtle looking more like a turtle.