Observing wildlife in our environment can be a thrill; it can be calming; it can be scary. It depends on the wildlife. Watching birds is a very popular activity for millions. It is relaxing, pleasing, thoughtful…..Around the Hawaiian Islands, it is very common to observe a very safe and harmless 75 million year old reptile: the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. Just walking alone the shoreline one might get a glimpse of one of these ancient animals taking a breath, for they are air breathers. Swimming at the various beaches and coves it is very likely one can have a close encounter with these living thriving remnants from days long long ago….This particular photograph was taken close to shore and was one of several turtles in the area. The original image has been altered in Photoshop with a filter to give it a painterly effect.