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Snail Day, part 2

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Snail Clinging to Dry Grass 2124

As I said, I’m calling March 13th of this year Snail Day at McKinney Falls State Park because I found a bunch of snails there that had left the ground and climbed onto various things, including the dry grass you see here. From the angle at which I took this picture the grass seemed to form a loop, and that irregular loop partly contrasted with the more-regular spiral of the snail’s shell. If the previous post was an example of a composition that could be described as “more is more,” this one is an example of “less is more.”

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 31, 2013 at 6:11 AM

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  1. I love this shot!!! So simple, yet so beautiful, and that blue sky….. Awesome!


    March 31, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    • Like you, Cindy, I was taken with the simplicity of the picture, including the fact that there are only two colors, brown and blue (if you don’t count white, which physics tells us is a mix of colors). We’ve had gray skies for the last four or five days, so I’m ready for this blue to return.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 31, 2013 at 8:04 AM

  2. That’s a really beautiful shell, and with the blue sky behind it looks even more stunning. We have a lot of this kind of snail in my garden, but I have never seen them climbing like this – must keep my eyes open.


    March 31, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    • Do keep your eyes open, but in the meantime maybe you should send your snails to Texas for a while. I can probably get them a discounted rate for a workshop on climbing. You wouldn’t need to send all your snails, just some, and they could teach the others once they got back to Europe.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 31, 2013 at 8:09 AM

  3. I love everything about this photo!


    March 31, 2013 at 9:10 AM

  4. I was telling Omar today how much I enjoy photos of white churches against vibrant blue skies. This has much the same appeal. Beyond that, the lovely vertical line of the grass could very easily be seen as a mast and the “ruffled” edge as a luffing sail. That snail needs to turn away from the wind a bit and fill that “sail” if it wants to get somewhere fast!


    March 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    • And speaking of spiral shells and churches and blue skies, I’m reminded of the lines from Oliver Wendell Holmes’ poem “The Chambered Nautilus”:

      “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
      As the swift seasons roll!”

      The poem has a nautical context that befits the latter part of your comment:


      Steve Schwartzman

      March 31, 2013 at 9:08 PM

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