into the void

That’s what I feel like every time I write something exceeding a thousand words and publish it to WordPress, haha! Sorry about that last night, I got carried away. And speaking of entering the void, that’s also what I was thinking of when I took this picture several weeks ago of a snail trying to figure out where the heck to go next.  Snails and slugs are the least of my worries right now when it comes to gardening.  An obnoxious mole named Delver is downright tearing my garden to pieces. Every day when we get home from school, I send Oliver Fern all around the yard to pack the little mole-hills back down with his feet. Coincidentally-speaking, he and I were up at Volunteer Park a couple times last week and one night we found a dead mole right in the center of the path we were walking on (I imagine a dog or careless owl probably got hold of it somehow as there were no mounds nearby). I got a stick and we turned the poor thing over to study it, admiring its claws and noting the small depressions above the snout where we thought its eyes might be hiding under fur. Delver will probably move on in a couple weeks and wreak havoc on someone else’s garden.  In the meantime, run little earthworms!!!!

I got the inspiration to shoot this snail in our front yard because when we were on Orcas Island last month I got a really great series of a spotted slug when we were hiking around Cascade Lake. This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but I shot this snail using continuous high speed shooting mode, hahaha! Shooting so wide open (it was a dark day) I wasn’t sure what part of the snail to put in focus so I sort of aimed for the head-mass in general. The shell is strikingly pretty, but I felt like the picture wouldn’t look right if the body was out of focus. Also, in the back of my mind I was fighting nagging doubts about my choice to eschew the rule of focusing on one of the eyes, but this isn’t a stinking human portrait I tell you! Do you see how dinky those little sensory thingies are? Do you feel sorry to be denied the opportunity to stare into the soul of this tiny creature? On a serious note, in case you’re interested in learning more about snails and slugs, I highly recommend David Gordon’s The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane. My mom gave that book to me a few years ago and I really enjoy thumbing through it from time to time, I’m not sure what that says about me.

7 thoughts on “into the void

  1. The movement in this picture is so fun. I can imagine that this pretty-shelled snail was off to some place very important as it casually strolled down the side of the asphalt road.

    • Hi Jordan. These were sort of modular-type patio bricks I was tearing out by my front porch. And I think the little bugger was casually headed straight for some day lilies in my yard, that’s where they like to hang out before they go to the bars for Slug and Snail Happy Hour.
      -Jason

  2. It’s been a busy couple weeks for me – I’ve gotten pretty behind in my blog reading – so I was glad I stopped by your blog tonight! That photo was a great reminder to slow down a little. I love how the snail is peering over the edge. You can almost hear him gulp 😊

  3. It’s not often I can describe an image as “beautiful, stunning, artful, and playful” all in one go. But, wow … what a great shot you’ve gotten of this hungry little rascal! Well done, sir.

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