The first time I spotted a Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta). It turned out to be a very common animal and I was able to observe it frequently. Once you know where to look! They love to climb wood trunks or stones reaching out of the water and enjoy some sunshine. When I saw it the first time though, I was excited, though.
I remember that October day in Park Angrignon, Montreal, as a day with perfect light and colors. Nevertheless, the turtle was the only interesting observation I made that day. Unfortunately, the shot is a bit blurry around the head, not as sharp as it could/should be. Taken with my 70-300mm lens, I had to crop a lot. Today, I would switch to the larger lens which may would have allowed me to get a more frontal shot too.
Note: “A Year Ago” is a sidekick, I started a while ago where I return to the same month a year ago and pick the most popular shot from my flicker.com account and review with the purpose to learn from my past errors and improve photography skills.