While I’m staying with family here in France I frequently go for a walk before breakfast. I kept being told about these magnificent snails, escargots de Bourgogne (Helix pomatia), that are supposed to be plentiful around here, but I really had no idea what they looked like. I came home each day with images of snails, but not the right ones! Finally, I knew I’d found an escargot de Bourgogne:
Golf ball sized, with a lovely ruffled skirt, and a striped brown shell, it was grazing on clover in the early morning shade. This was one magnificent snail! I may never be able to eat escargots again…
Here are some of the other snails I’ve been finding on my walks.
I loved how this pink snail (above) seemed to be hanging from his tail, face to face with a bug. With the little brown one (below), I liked the way the light shone not only through the leaf, but also through the snail’s shell.