Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Turtle Yoga: The Pencil Pose

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Central Park Turtle performing the pencil pose.

Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George. [Wallpaper size]

The photographer writes: Here another practitioner demonstrates a position hitherto unknown to me. I bet you never saw it either. I will call it, appropriately enough, the Pencil Pose. The strategic placement of the yellow number two pencil is seemingly crucial to the performance of this pose though its precise purpose eludes me. If nothing else the yellow color brings a warmth to the visual enjoyment of the performance but otherwise it is mysterious to me. Perhaps that’s because I’m only a Turtle Yoga novice? I know I’m opening the proverbial can of worms but do any of you Parrot Pals care to speculate on pencils purpose? Keep it clean and use twenty-five words or less. Until then: remember to breathe and don’t strain.


  1. #1 Bob O'H
    October 22, 2007

    Are you sure it’s for this pose, or did the turtle just put it down to be used later in another pose?

    I hope this will be answered later in another photo


  2. #2 Sven DiMilo
    October 22, 2007

    With no external ears (or pockets), where else is a turtle supposed to tuck a pencil?

  3. #3 bob levy
    October 22, 2007

    Well Bob O’H the pencil has since disappeared. To my knowlege it has not become a focal point of another Turtle Yoga pose nor have I stuck around long enough to know in what other role it might have been inserted. And Sven, it not necessarily so that this or any turtle needs to tuck a pencil anywhere. In fact after careful observation I can state that this particular turtle did not seem to be the pencil tucking kind. In fact I might say (surely you wouldn’t for you probably have too much self-respect) that the turtle was (hold on…wait for it…here it comes) not a penciltuckian. OUCH!

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