Here In LA I Call It “Tortoise Day”

Back east there’s a large rodent who gets all the glory this time of year for seeing its shadow and predicted six more weeks of bad weather. But here in Los Angeles, our remaining weeks of winter are decidedly less harsh. And since the local marmot population is relegated pretty much to individuals and/or zoological institutions, I’ve found our Russian tortoise Buster to be a far more accurate and available prognosticator.

Sure enough, emerging this sunny and warm morning and moving around for the first time out of her semi-hibernative state that began in November, Buster stepped outside her bungalow for a slow and solemn look around. As evidenced by her always-stoic expression below, if she could indeed speak she wouldn’t pronounce the continuation of winter, she’d tell me to go to hell and take the dang camera with me:

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."