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Love or fight ?

Love or fight ?
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-22
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals Sex Life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-23 3:52
Viewed: 3875
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Note : I saw this snail couple in Alps mountain at 1300m altitude. In France, because some people eat these snails, now they become rare in nature…
Common name : Burgundy Snail – Scientific name : Helix Pomatia – Family : Helicidae.
Description : The snails are herbivorous. They have a globulous helicoid shell, and retractile horns provided with eyes.
Snails prefer damp and cool environments, as they easily suffer from moisture loss. Snails are most active during at night and after rainfall. During unfavourable conditions, a snail will remain inside its shell, usually under rocks or other hiding places to avoid being discovered by predators.
They are hermaphrodites but must be coupled because they cannot be fertilized alone. Mating takes several hours. A few days later, the eggs are laid in the soil.
Photo : Resized and framed in 800x600 for TN.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-23 3:54]

Hi Chrisitian!
Wonderful shot.Colors,details,lighting and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-05-23 4:04]
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Love or fight?... That's a question I cant help you with, but I really like the picture. Great details, sharpness, colours and it's perfect exposured.

I like the frame. Could you please tell me how you make them? Which program are you using?

Thanks for sharing

wonderful moment of snails love ( I hope).

Great moment ;-)
But I'm affraid of snails!!!!

Belle photo Christian, ça tombe bien j'avais justement un petit creux...
Je reviens du Jura ce WeekEnd où j'ai pu en voir pas mal sur le bord des sentiers mais le rammassage est interdit à cette époque de l'année.

Hello Christian!
Superb photo.Details,sharpness and compositon are excellent.Very well done!Thanks for sharing!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-23 5:02]

Excellent work Christian! Very sharp and detailed picture, DOF is superb. Moment also. I wonder how long this last in world of snails ;-) ?

It's a special love shot Christian,
very good captured snails. It is not easy to made a good composition, but you did it very good. It is good in pov and the dof is exelent, fantastic job,
gr. Jaap

Christian, The wresting match of love! ;-) Or if they are fighting, would you call that a love/hate relationship?? ;-)) Your shot is very sharp and detailed with great colors..Great notes, Very well done!

Great shot Christian!
Very nice action photo. Good details and light.
In Poland snails season have just began. They are collected here for export to western Europe mainly France. Every year over houndred tons is exported. In Poland they aren't rather popular snack.
I like the photo very much.
Well done!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-05-23 12:49]

Belle réussite. Les détails sont superbes. J'imagine que c'est l'amour car est-ce que les escargots peuvent s'attaquer ?
Bien vu
Salutations Toni

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-23 13:01]

An interesting action shot Christian!
Very good sharp detail and excellent composition.
Good work,very well done.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-05-23 14:18]

Splendid photo Christian, excellent composition, good colors.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-23 17:27]

Christian, this is really very nice.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition.

You managed to capture a great moment.


Belle réalisation, Christian. De vrais "Bourgogne"! Je vois qu'ils se plaisent bien, même en altitude. Très bonne idée de les avoir mis ensemble, car ils vous ont permis de composer une très belle photo, mis nature, mi culinaire, pour les amateurs dont je suis. PdeC, couleur et exposition sont parfaites.

All that twisting acentuates the soft curvilinear lines. Wonderful earth tone colors and detail. Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-30 14:04]

How about loving to fight? Very nice pic of these two garden pests, TAZ. They are VERY pale - just waking up from winter? lol.

Beautiful capture, Christian. The exposure is perfect to maintain detail on such pale animals.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-30 21:52]

Bonsoir Christian,
Superbe présentation et quelle précision dans le détail, magnifique !

Bien vu !

Love or Fight ? They are Food in France ... j.k. , great capture TAZ !

I vote in love!! :-)

Nice Shot and composition.


  • magiqa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 135 W: 0 N: 67] (718)
  • [2005-07-05 20:24]

and the eggs later on become the beginning of the shell! So they live in their egg shell all life long! Very good and sharp picture. These snails must ge the kind that are eatable?

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-22 12:11]

Interesting shot of these snails entwined. What they are doing is for them to know, for us to ask. Haha. Very clear and sharp details, good light, and excellent composition. Photo bien reussie, Christian, et merci. : )

Yes, beautiful shot. Way better and romantic that mine! (I start to think that mines were indeed fighting ;-)

Best regards, Petru

Cher Christian,
I have decided, I add your snails to my theme "Animals' sex life

Sharp details and good colours. Thanks for sharing
Bonne nuit,

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