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"Terrestrial cuttlefish?" U-turn...

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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-03
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Slugfest [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-04 11:15
Viewed: 4555
Points: 12
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Here we have a Gastropod on a piece of plywood.

Global warming seems to have thrown off a lot of our weather. As a result of that we see surprises in the behavior of little creatures. Yesterday I picked up a piece of plywood that was decaying on the ground. Rather then it being frozen and ice-covered it was wet amd muddy... and scrambling thru that mud was a small slug. Time to try out my macrolens. While I was focussing on lil Slugger here, it made a U-turn.

When I first saw it, it was abt 1cm long... Then when it moved it stretched to about one inch.

If anyone know what that hole on its side is all about I would love to hear!
The markings reminded me of a cuttlefish, albeit one out of its element.

Notice the orange-brown coloration. A shot that I have greatly admired is here.

More info about "slugs" and des "limaces" as well as "slakken" and "Schnecken", also "babosa".

The French, German and Spanish "wiki" websites have the best information.

My next photo. The "collection" is here, which includes this HUGE cousin.

And finally: the Snail by R. Wayne Edwards December 1996

Where he goes he leaves a trail.
When he goes where he shouldn't be,
His trail is there for all to see.

Our life is like the little snail,
Where we go we leave a trail.
The things we do and the things we say,
Are the trail we leave from day to day.

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To anniejo: Thanx anniejo!Shoot_Score 1 01-10 15:42
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To lebois: ... the good life in France!Shoot_Score 1 01-05 19:29
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Bello scatto, molto nitido e originale.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-04 14:13]
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Hi Jay,
Unique capture this time of year, Composition and focus are good. Thanks for sharing

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-05 2:15]

What a great POV on that slug, Jay.
I think the hole you see is the "respiratory pore".
I also like that golden light on it.
An interesting shot.
TFS. : )

Salut Jay
Nice sharp detail. I really like the lighting here as it exaggerates the shininess of the creature. Well spotted and bravo!

Hello Jay,
This is a very detailled and well composed hsot of this strange creature. I like its brilliance and funny texture. Well seen and well done! Thanks,

Interesting shot of this lil "guy".
Slugs are intriguing, to say the least!
Gastropods have fascinated me with their
preference for moist and cool spots to
"hang out", and it is often surprising to
find them where one doesn't often think
of their habituating.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we often
see them out and about in our gardens early
in the day, but being a wet climate, they
can be found almost any time of the day in the winter, spring and fall.

A very nice shot!!
Looks like you have a really good "macrolens"
on your Fuji!!

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