Last night we had fun watching a painted turtle lay her eggs in our yard.
First she dug a hole with her back legs, alternating feet so that
the hole would be perfectly shaped. And when she had dug as
deep as she could reach, she started laying eggs- we watched
and counted and she laid 11. Then she carefully scraped mud
back over the hole. You can see the eggs in the photo below,
they aren't very turtle shaped, more oblong than I figured they'd be.
She did all this without ever turning around to look at what
she was doing. It's really amazing how God makes them
know what to do.
Later I looked up online how long it takes them to hatch,
and it takes 10 weeks. Quite a while. And the temperature
of the ground determines whether they will be boys or girls.
But God made the earth by his power;
he founded the world by his wisdom
and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.