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White snail on a developing firewheel

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Here’s an abstract view of a mostly white snail on an opening firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella) on the Blackland Prairie in Pflugerville on May 6th. An open flower head of the same species accounts for the red and yellow. If the green in the lower right suggests a bird on the wing, it’s probably just my imagination taking flight.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 23, 2020 at 4:38 AM

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  1. Your imagination does you credit, Steve. The opening firewheel in the background could also be imagined as a possible predator coming in for a closer look.


    May 23, 2020 at 4:49 AM

  2. this is an incredible shot, Steve. your imagination is just as colorful


    May 23, 2020 at 8:13 AM

  3. Now that you mention the green birds in flight I see them also. But they don’t detract from the beauty of the snail on the developing bud. Have a great weekend, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    May 23, 2020 at 8:36 AM

    • I initially saw the green only as an abstract pattern. The bird-on-the-wing likeness was an afterthought, and not one I’m obligated to see. Let abstraction remain abstraction.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 23, 2020 at 8:57 AM

  4. I do see a bird, and the bud/snail ensemble looks like a Hollywood conception of a Viking crown or headdress, perhaps a pagan chieftain with his drinking horn.

    Robert Parker

    May 23, 2020 at 9:32 AM

    • THat’s imaginative. I wouldn’t have seen the Hollywood version of a Viking headdress had you not mentioned it; I sure see it now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 23, 2020 at 9:43 AM

  5. There’s a strange symmetry in the main subject, the bud and the snail. That is pleasing unto itself. The background gives it a subdued stage on which to play.

    Michael Scandling

    May 23, 2020 at 10:07 AM

  6. I just looked at this picture enlarged: ever so beautiful structures. 🙂


    May 23, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    • I’m glad you took the time for a closer and larger look. Just think how much of the world we don’t normally see. Gotta give thanks to the makers of modern optical equipment.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 23, 2020 at 10:18 AM

  7. Amazing composition.


    May 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM

  8. Very nice, Steve! Fantastic composition.

    Peter Hillman

    May 23, 2020 at 12:48 PM

  9. This is a WOW photo!!


    May 23, 2020 at 7:44 PM

  10. Fantastic view, Steve!! I love it.


    May 24, 2020 at 11:17 AM

  11. Snail season. I see the bird too.

    Steve Gingold

    May 24, 2020 at 6:07 PM

  12. My favorite element of the image is the near-match between the snail and the silvery stem of the firewheel. Taken together, they form a stylized letter ‘p’ — appropriate for a photo taken on the Pflugerville prairie.


    May 25, 2020 at 6:53 AM

    • I was so attentive to the background that I didn’t notice what you perceptively pointed out in this Pflugerville post.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 25, 2020 at 10:52 AM

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