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Roman Snail

Roman Snail
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-17
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swisss Trip, Edible, Snails in the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-04 18:23
Viewed: 6026
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the 13th from the Swiss trip, I hope its not unlucky for some?
this was the 2nd of 3 encounters with this species of very large snail the Roman or Edible Snail (Helix pomatia) better known I believe as Escargot the subject of many a restaurant menu with garlic and butter plus a bit of parsley, though molluscs are not my sort of food. Seen here in the plateau of Bargis at 1552m above the ski resort of Flims. this one was a real monster the shell was nearly 75mm across and was the largest of the 3 I saw in Switzerland, by quiet away. In the UK it is confined to the warm chalky area of Southern Brittan. I presume they need all the calcium they can get to build this massif a shell as the one this has.So the Limesote of the bed rock of this high Plateau provides a great seclueded place for these snails to live a long time and can manage to mineralise such a hughe shell.
Taken after the middle of the afternoon and the sky had clouded over quiet abit so it must of felt the need to come out to feed, amonst the rich variety of vegitation.
Hope you like, and if you want to see more from the Swiss trip follow the link to the Swiss Holiday Theme to the left of this.

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ugly little devil with such a beautiful house. very well captured and good note, although i'm with you one the bit about them being food. although i did try them once.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-05 3:33]

A very sharp shot of the snail, robert. The details are very crisp. The composition is excellent, with a colorful and interesting background. The snail itself is a bit on the dark side, but an amazing close up. Well done and TFS. ; )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-05 3:51]

Very good shot Robert. I like these creatures - they're fast enough for my compact cam ;-) Great details and sharpness of its body, good composition. I also like violet flower on BG. I like it!


Very good composition, Robert. I like the low POV and the crisp details on a large DOF. Natural colors and very nice environment. We have a reasonable population of these on our chalky hills. Today, it's a protected species. Helix Pomatia prepared as food are called "escargot de Bourgogne" and come from breeding farms. A good business!

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