More escargots…

I’ve accumulated so many snail images since I arrived here that I could be accused of being a snail nut. But it’s just that I see so many of the small ones during my morning strolls beside the river, and we have so many more slugs than snails at home, that I just can’t resist shooting some of them when I’m out.

This is one I watched last week as it checked out one willow leaf after another. My two favourite images are of the snail hanging off the tip of the leaf like a high-wire acrobat, and the other as it reaches the stem.

snail hanging off end of leaf

Snail reaching stem at top of leaf



Two’s company — 3 images

OK, back to regular programming tonight: images that I captured in the past week. I gave all of them an artistic treatment, added some textures, but the compositions are as found and as shot.

Click on images for larger view. Two red beetles on dandelion developing seedheadI have absolutely no idea what these little red bugs are. They resemble firebugs but the markings are different. They are sitting on a developing dandelion seedhead.

Grasshopper nymph and fly on foxglove blossomA fly with what I believe is a grasshopper nymph on a foxglove.

Snail and grasshopper share a stemWhile I was setting up to shoot the snail, this grasshopper shimmied up the stem as tho it wanted to be included in the image. How could I resist!?


Escargots, anyone…? 5 images

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:

Escargot de Burgogne grazingClick on images for larger view.

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.

Pink snail on stem with bug

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.

Brown snail on underside of green leaf Small brown snail on stemStriped snail on underside of stemClick on images for larger view.