This is just another perspective on the little story found here, since I shot the saga in both digital and film. What you’re seeing is the egg of a ground skink (Scincella lateralis,) right at the moment of hatching. Actually, it takes more than a moment, and this one in particular stayed in this position/state for quite a while, up until I left the camera for seven minutes. During that time away, naturally, the skink emerged completely from the shell. Not only does it take patience to be a nature photographer, it takes more patience than that. “Than what?” you ask. Than whatever you imagine when you think of, “patience.” Seriously.