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Saturday, January 23, 2010

HIBERNATING SNAILS

LUCY CORRANDER - PICTURES JUST PICTURES - HIBERNATING SNAILS - MONOCHROME - JANUARY 23RD 2010 - SONY DSC-T77 - DSC05807fcconbwtmtemp


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And now, specially for Karen at 'The Turning Year' -  the same picture as a square.



39 comments:

BLOGitse said...

Interesting picture, light but not white.
Am I hibernating too? :)

Aileni said...

Brave experiment.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Blogitse

How can I answer that?

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Aileni.

. . . But you don't say if the experiment has come off!

Lucy

Robin said...

I'll have to show this to my daughter - she loves hunting for snails after a rain :).

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Robin.

I await her assessment with interest.

Are your snails bigger than ours?

Lucy

Bengbeng said...

this is probably going to sound stupid but i didnt know snails hibernate :) or do they? my only experience with snails is my neighbour throwing over snails to my side of the fence every time he finds one on his side :)

about the little experiment, i am not that advanced a photographer to understand this bit :)

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Bengbeng.

Here, they definitely hibernate. If you leave pots around in the autumn, especially if they are stacked (and they seem to prefer plastic ones best) they crawl in to sleep and that is a way of rounding them up so they don't cause so much damage in the following season.

It may be that your climate keeps them going all year - but if you are able to provide shelter for them, perhaps you'd be able to collect them and hand them to your neighbour as a reciprocal present?

As for the 'experiment' - it has succeeded if you like it, failed if you don't. Simple!

. . . Well, not quite - because I count it as a success if I like it, regardless of whether anyone else does or not. How's that for independence of spirit? (Or arrogance!)

Lucy

John said...

Don't let the French see them!

Lucy Corrander said...

Wrong kind of snails, John!

Lucy

RuneE said...

A nice composition - and a suggestion about what we should all do right now :-)

Hermes said...

The contrast and composition works so well Lucy.

Dragonstar said...

I love those snails! I think you're right, the only thing that matters is that you like the image - others liking it make a very pleasant bonus.

Kine said...

Different and exciting. I don't like snails, but this picture I like a lot!

Calico Crazy said...

I like this, it's a different view of the everyday. When we had our deep freeze a couple weeks ago the snails tried to move into our house. ~ Calico Contemplations

Paula said...

That's just fascinating, I can imagine any number of scenarios for this photo!

Serendipity said...

Nice shot, I like the different textures.

Bengbeng said...

Hi Lucy,

Thanks so much for your reply and i enjoy yr independent views and admire yr spirits. Basically it boils down to us what we particularly like. that is one of the reasons i joined monochrome.. to see, observe and to learn what i like... how can i like something when i don't even know of it? i have learned lots from the monochrome gang. hope to visit u more often in future . cheers :)

awarewriter said...

Daring and creative. Going high key like you have works Lucy. The snails are the only element where the highlights aren't blown out. But that's the point isn't it. And the darker tones that remain form some neat patterns.

Sujomi said...

I wish I was hibernating right now. Is there room in that crockery for me?

Misalyn said...

Unique subject and I find it amazing. I usually see snails only in the pond and greenery.

SquirrelQueen said...

A unique and in my opinion a very successful experiment. I really like the feel of this photo and find the lightness of it very refreshing.

I'm sorry to hear that my site takes so long to load on your laptop. I tend to leave the original photos in a large format and scale them down for posting on blogger. I need to size them down before posting. If you are having a problem others are as well. Hopefully in the near future you can access it more easily.

Judy

Lucy Corrander said...

A Rune! There'll be a spate of snail-present giving all round Europe and beyond!

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Thank you Hermes.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Dragonstar.

Thank you for your comment.

I took the photo of the snails in black and white and introduced slight sepia afterwards. (The straight black and white struck me as blank.)

I took more conventional ones too - in monochrome and colour but this is the one I like.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Thank you Kine.

I can't say I like snails either. The only thing one might put forward in their favour is that they aren't slugs! To take a photo of slugs that I'd like to look at - well that would be a challenge!

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Calico Crazy.

Snails in the garden is bad enough. In the house ohhhhhhh!

Lucy

theturningyear said...

Lucy - I think it is an interesting picture and a great subject matter, love the focal point of the snails.

Did you consider cropping it into a square? I would enjoy seeing it as a square.
K

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Paula.

Scenarios!

My mind is wandering all over the place. What did you have in mind?

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Thanks, Serendipity.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Bengbeng.

Glad you are enjoying the blog and I look forward to more of your coments on other posts!

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello AwareWriter - exactly, that's the point! The detail is pinpointed on the subject matter and the rest is shape and light - and I like shape and light!

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Suzi - I don't think you would find it much fun living through the winter in a grubby, upturned flower pot with a family of snails!

Lucy

P.S. Presenting a photo this way means you see the snails but not the excreta!

Lucy Corrander said...

Misalyn. It would be interesting to know more about your snails - do they hibernate or not? Is it that you don't go looking for them? (!) Are your snails colourful or shades of brown like these? We have black and white swirly ones in the hedgerows and bright yellow ones on the seashore.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Squirrel Queen.

Glad you like the snail photo.

For me, it's not an experiment - I like to take photos like this from time to time. There are several in the first volume of my blog

http://picturesjustpicturesvolumeone.blogspot.com/

(I couldn't decide which one to point you to in particular!)

It would be great if I could get onto your blog. I'm not sure if it's the size / quality of the photos that's causing the hiccup. There are a some others which won't load and they tend to be ones which have lots of posts on the one page or lots of gadgets in the sidebar - or both.

It's always difficult to know how to balance making a blog easily accessible with presenting it in the way one likes best. Some people have dial-up once a week connections and others have super-de-dooper computers with fast internet. Of course people with little laptops and mediocre broadband (like me!) would like to see your photos - but also understand that you need to maintain the standard and integrity of your blog.

I'll keep trying though!

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Karen - right from the very first photos I ever took I've liked this focus on one thing to the exclusion of others. With this picture, the light setting adds to the effect. (When I used to print my own photos, I'd achieve the same result by over-developing the film.)

I tried the square and like it so I've added it onto the blog below the original image.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

p.s. Karen. You are right. The square is probably better.

Lucy

theturningyear said...

:)

Well i don't know about "right" or "better" but I really like it in a square format (but that maybe because I am working in squares at the moment)

Thank you so much for posting it in the square - now you just have to get a greetings card company interested!
K

Lucy Corrander said...

No, Karen. You were right. Square is better - at least for a blog. If it were on a wall, I might think differently.

As much as I would like a greetings card company to take an interest in my photos - I don't really think many people would want to send each other snails . . . or maybe it would set a fashion, a trend? It would certainly be different!

Lucy

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