I love when I find mandala-like patterns on our earthen creatures…in this case the malaclemys terrapin littoralis (more commonly known as the Texas diamondback terrapin) usually found from the middle of Louisiana to Corpus Christi, Texas.
Turtle enthusiast, Jonathan Helms, more than just breeds turtles, he genuinely cares for and about them as noted from his about page:
Turtles have been a passion of mine since the late 80’s. I have been so fortunate to have worked with over 30 species of turtles and diamondback terrapins are by far the most amazing turtle out there. They have so much more personality than any species I have worked with. They seem to have just about no fear of humans and rush to see you as soon as you enter the room.
I love the concentric angular circle patterns found on this turtle’s shell. Even the dots on its head are mandala-like. And how about that diamond on its head? While hardly a circle, it definitely portrays a powerful symbol.
What patterns in nature capture your attention?