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A snail I found in our garden. :)
Latin name: Helix pomatia.
Common name: Burgundy snail, roman snail or edible snail. This species is frequently farmed in some countries, and is called by the french name escargot when used in cooking.

Trivia: All land snails are hermaphrodites, meaning they are both male and female at the same time.
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Lunnika-Horo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Professional Photographer
Great composition!
herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
Lunnika-Horo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Professional Photographer
ScythicKitty Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Cute little guy! It's fun seeing the trail they leave behind! And although I used to catch snails often as a kid for pets, I never realized they had that little black dot on their eye! Great shot and focus, and it shows off a lot of the texture on the snail itself. 
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, that slime trail is quite obvious at times, haha. But you just don't wanna find it trailing over your veggies, then you know you're in big trouble, haha! :D
They do have that little black dot, I think it's supposed to be their pupils. :) Although I've read that most land snails can just tell the difference between light and dark, even if some species can form images.
Thank you so much, I just found this one and had to snap a few pictures. The best thing is that you have plenty of time to play around with settings, they aren't gone in a second, lol!
ScythicKitty Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
I agree! When I see that slime trail, I know I'll have to find the culprits soon or in a few days, all I'll have left are some very holey vegetables! And that's a cool fact, I didn't know that about snail vision. I guess for the most part, they don't really need to see a whole lot anyways as long as whatever they're on is edible!  And yes, snails give you a nice amount of time to photograph them! Yesterday I was trying to take some pictures of bees, but by the time I got them in focus with the macro setting, they flew out of frame already! XD

By the way, your letter arrived today! Thank you for the postcards! They are up on my postcard wall now. :) Judging by the post stamp date, it looks like the postal service took over a month to get this one delivered haha! It's quite interesting to see how they work, since it is not even the holiday rush season now. We're leaving for Antelope Canyon in a few days, so I will try to get to your letter and email after that! Thanks again! It was a lovely surprise to see! 
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, they really don't need excellent vision, they seem to find my vegetables anyways, haha!
Oh man, photographing bees is a real challenge, they're almost as jittery as flies.

I'm glad my letter finally arrived and that you enjoyed the postcards, I can't believe it took over a month to get delivered, haha. I was worried it had gotten lost somewhere along the way.
Oh man, antelope canyon looks incredible (checked out some pictures on the web), you're so lucky! I hope you will have a great time, no need to rush with getting to my email or letter. Just relax and enjoy yourself!
By the way, I may take some time getting back to your replies, but don't you worry. I won't forget about them. ;) I'm starting an internship tomorrow at a local garden actually, well, it's only for two/three days a week but it's a start right? Wish me luck! :)

Oh, I just have to tell you this! I actually went to a market with a viking theme the previous weekend. It was super cool, they built this authentic norse village and people had lined up stands selling jewelry, pottery and various arts and crafts inspired by the vikings. Most of the people were wearing authentic clothing aswell so it really felt like you travelled back in time. They even had a farm with heritage chickens and horses, haha.
It was my first visit to such a themed market, but definitely not my last! :D
ScythicKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Definitely haha! But I have to say, for the most part, bees are cuter than flies! XD

Antelope Canyon was great! Way too hot though, it was over 120F according to the tour guide! It gets so hot that sometimes people have egg frying competitions on the sidewalk in the general area. I hope to eventually upload some photos on dA too, though chances are I'll probably share them with you through email long before that happens. :D And crazy huh? It's not even a rush season, yet the letter took over a month to arrive. The post office seems quite unpredictable! I'm glad it didn't get lost though! Thanks again for the postcards!

Congratulations on getting your internship at that local garden! And 2-3 days a week is a nice start, not too much but enough to get a good experience! I wish you the best for it! It's said that an internship is very similar to a very, very long interview, so you could also get some fantastic letters of recommendation or networking out of it! I'm sure you'll have a great time there!

And don't worry! Take all the time you need to get to my replies. :) I think I only just recently got to one of yours from May a few days ago after all haha! Sorry for the lateness! But I really do enjoy our conversations that we have together. We've accumulated quite a few "threads" on dA haven't we? So don't worry about it, enjoy yourself and take all the time you need! 

Wow, that is awesome! That must have been so fun visiting that market! Is it open all year round, or is it just a special event? I bet you had a great time at the farm too! I can imagine it really feeling like stepping back in time with all those details they put in! When you visit more, please tell me about them! I've been to a handful of themed markets, but none of them seemed as thorough as the one you went to! Also sorry for my ignorance, but are most Swedish people descendants of Vikings, or were Vikings just a relatively small group of people? 
herofan135 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, egg frying competitions on the sidewalk!? Then it must be crazily hot over there, I thought those things were just jokes made up for cartoons, never knew they were a real thing! :O
Hey, no probs! Sometimes the letter seems to get stuck in limbo for some time before it continues its journey. XD

Indeed! It's over now since the garden closed at the end of september, but boy, was it fun! I might even have a chance at getting hired if the garden does continue into the next year. :D

Indeed, it's always such a joy to talk with you. We have a lot of things in common and it never feels "forced" to write you if you know what I mean?
So just know that even if I take some time to reply, it's because I'm busy and not because I'm ignoring you! :hug: I read all replies even if I don't reply back at once.

It's just once a year, for one day, so it felt very special! The farm and village area really added so much to the atmosphere, which was awesome!
No problem, I'm just glad you ask. To be honest, vikings were widespread in Scandinavia, but mostly in the southern of middle part of Sweden, the majority of Swedes do have viking roots if you trace it far back. In the north of Sweden though, there lived and still lives a group of people called sami, that lived a nomadic lifestyle by keeping and herding  semi-tame reindeers. Nowadays these people are protected and accepted, but sad to say is that until very recently they were frowned upon and considered inferior, kinda like how the native americans weren treated. :(
ScythicKitty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Indeed! There's a big event that happens every year in Arizona, where the heat is commonly 43-49C in the summer. They only have 15 minutes to fry the egg, so to help expedite the egg frying, they can use foil and mirrors to help heat up the egg. If they are given any longer than that, then people may start passing out from the heat, especially since time is needed to judge, set up, and clean up. Were it not for the heat though, I would want to see it, since sounds like it would be a really fun spectacle to witness and to just be with the crowd, cheering for the eggs to cook!

I'm glad that you had a fun time with the garden! I'm sure it was a great experience, both to learn and have fun from, and to put down in the resume! :D I hope that you'll be hired next year for the garden! 

Thank you! I feel the same way, chatting never feels forced or obligatory, and it's fun to just have someone who share so many of the same interests. Of course massive points for always being so patient and understanding for delayed responses, so thank you for that! 

Thanks for explaining! That is a shame that up until recently they were considered inferior and frowned upon. I believe in Australia there was a similar case with the aboriginal Australians until the past 20 years, and in China, it definitely is still a problem for many groups and they are not protected. Add in cultures and religions that may encourage this, and it just becomes a rather sad state of affairs. That said, I am glad that Sweden nowadays protects the sami! I hope that in the future, everyone else will be more open minded to different cultures and lifestyles. Although it is slow, at least there is progress! :D
herofan135 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, now that sounds really cool, haha! I bet that it must be quite straining and exhausting for the people participating though, due to the heat. I would like to see that with my own eyes one day, haha.

Thankies, I wish that I'll get hired next year, if not, at least I have it in my resume. ^^

Indeed, I love to chat with you, we've accumulated quite a few threads and we have so much in common. It's never boring, haha. :D Of course I understand the delayed responses, I've been quite slow aswell, and I appreciate that you understand that. ^^

Seems like the mistreatment of the indigenous people have been the norm throughout history sadly, but it seems like things are improving all over the world. I also hope that people will one day be open-minded to different cultures and lifestyles aswell, I mean, that's one of the things that makes us human, that we're all different. :)
AliceG67 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it!

I tried myself a few days ago but the little guy was to active and wanted explore everything.

... and they say a snail is slow :-D
herofan135 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When they're on the move,it can be hard to get a good shot!
AlaskaGrl Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
He has a beautiful home ... lovely shot!
herofan135 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
Snails make very good photo subjects, they don't move very much. ;P
AlaskaGrl Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess there are no true snails here.. just really big slugs
SarahTSUNAMI Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Aww this is so cute :D
herofan135 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :D
JericaWinters Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that ever cute!!!! There's this path where I go after getting off the bus to work and whenever it rains the snails will come out en-mass and try and cross the path but so many get squished by people who aren't aware of them. It makes me made because people just walk along day dreaming when it's not that hard to avoid stepping on them.
herofan135 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah :(
Thanks for commenting, you're the best! :hug:
JericaWinters Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np :)
herofan135 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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August 10, 2010
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Aug 9, 2010, 11:50:17 AM