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Old Jun 16, 2006, 4:20 PM   #1
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Hi all!

I was enjoying a bit of summer sun today, lying beside a river here in Cluj, Romania. I saw an interesting green snail (I guess it's young?) and made some photos but there was a jungle of grass blades and hard to get a nicely composed shot (reminds me of the film "A Bugs Life"). I was using my Canon 350D and Canon 28-135mm lens.

Anyway, so I put the snail on some paper I had with me (I was doing some work / note taking outside while enjoying the sun and working on my tan... :-)) and tried to get some photos that way... The snail was moving around (also climbed a bend in the paper, quite interesting to see how they actually use their feelers and move, etc). Then a curious fly which had been flying about (as they do!) decided to land on the snail.

Luckily I had my camera at the ready and it was a quick focus (thank you Canon for the quick focussing of USM - ultra- silent motor- on my Canon lens!) and snap, made the photo. Half a second after I had made the photo the fly flew off (again, as they do!) It was on the snail for only 2 seconds (max). It reminded me of a rodeo, but of course in this case maybe the fly left due to boredom rather than anything else!! :blah:

I couldn't decide if this photo should go in the "funny photo" section or the closeups section, so I'm posting in both.

Anyway, so here is the photo. Hope you like it. Let me know!

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Old Jun 17, 2006, 5:29 AM   #2
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A good example of being at the ready!
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Old Jun 17, 2006, 12:00 PM   #3
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LOL, looks like like a funny photo to me :G

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Old Jun 17, 2006, 4:39 PM   #4
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Hello Joe and John!

Thanks for looking guys. Indeed I was "at the right place and the right time" to catch this one. It's also posted in the funny photos section, yes!

Again, appreciate your comments.

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The answer is in the Funny Photos :-)
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Nice shot - I wonder if the extra weight slowed the snail down? :? :shock: :G:blah:

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Nice shot - I wonder if the extra weight slowed the snail down? :? :shock: :G:blah:

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surfnron wrote:
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Nice shot - I wonder if the extra weight slowed the snail down? :? :shock: :G:blah:

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Nice comment RON!!!! LOL!!! :blah:

Now what would have REALLY made a good photo is if the fly could have pulled the snail off the group and FLOWN with it to a new destination. (at obviously 100 times the speed!)

In my mind that would have sort of looked like nature's version of a heavy-capacity helicopter taking some large object away...

But snails are fairly heavy cargo to a fly I suppose, PLUS snails are fairly sticky / slimey fella's as I noticed as I was studying initially how the snail moved from one grass blade to another.

Anyway, if ever I get the chance I'll try to capture such a scene!!! :|

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