How does the Cole Porter song go? Something like, "Birds do it, bees do it, even Ozark turtles do it . . . " Or maybe not.

Around Labor Day, I hiked the Wilderness Trail at Meremec State Park. I came across a bunch of turtles, one after the other, on the trail where is passes through creek bottoms. What gives?

It turns out that it was turtle mating season. I guessed that, when you're a turtle, the trail is a good place to see and be seen. Kind the like the turtle pick-up bar. Little did I know that I would soon find proof that I had guessed correctly.

The picture is a little blurry. Understandable, since I hurried to take, not wanting to disturb the couple:

Note that the picture isn't blurry because of the frantic motion of the turtles. They're turtles, after all.