Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Redwood Sideband

This good lookin' snail is a Redwood Sideband (Monadenia fidelis). We saw two of them the other day in...the Redwoods. While I think snails are pretty cool, this one stepped it up a level by being just plain beautiful. Yep, a beautiful snail, it's true. This one is a subspecies of the Pacific Sideband, found in the Pacific Northwest. It looks like Humboldt (where we are) and Trinity Counties are the south end of their range. Outdoor Wednesday, Nature Notes, Circus of the Spineless

41 comments:

Diane AZ said...

The snail is beautiful and its redwood coloring looks so nice against the green leaf and moss!

Pam said...

I love how you find beauty in the smallest of creatures, Jill. And I enjoy learning about them. Your shot are spectacular as always.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I think snails are gross but your photos of them are wonderful! They make them look pretty. :-)

Miguel Martinez said...

Bonitas fotografias.
Saludos.

Rebecca said...

Wow, that's some awesome macro.

vignette design said...

Who knew a snail could be so beautiful!

Woody said...

I like them, but what's the yellow stuff the 2nd one is crawling on? It's pretty cool too.

Johnny Nutcase said...

I like it too, Woody...unfortunately, I'm not too familiar with lichen and moss...i'll see if i can figure it out but i dunno!

Becky K. said...

So much detail. Can't honestly think it is cute or pretty, but it is amazing.

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Tammie Lee said...

I agree, beautiful and the contrast of it on the leaf is wonderful!

Carver said...

That looks like a designer snail to me. Great shots.

once in a blue moon... said...

great pics!

Carolyn Ford said...

I never thought I would say, "Wow! Those are beautiful snails!" And, I even feel guilty NOT liking them and being mean to them when they eat my plants! Your photos just might change my bad attitude!

Dave said...

Yes beautiful indeed, I must agree.

eileeninmd said...

What a cool find! Wonderful photos, Jill!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow these pictures are incredible!

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

TechnoBabe said...

I never thought of a snail as beautiful before reading this post, but you are right. All is beautiful in nature and I thank you for reminding me of the natural beauty around me everywhere.

LV said...

What an interesting post. You came up with a great idea for today.

veredit said...

I like watching them so happy and she is really beautiful with this unusual color, but in my garden among my hostas, we are enemies ... they have so many cousins and always these parties :-))

bj said...

Altho snails are NOT my favorite thing, your photos surely are. Just wonderful.

Misty Dawn said...

All the photos are outstanding, but there's just something about that second photo that really makes it extra special.

Clytie said...

Beautiful snail pictures! I love snails. Hate slugs, love snails. Go figure!

Blondie's Journal said...

I never saw a snail so close up. Beautiful!!

xoxo
Jane

elvira pajarola said...

BUON APPETITO...!!! This sympatic snaily has got a great appetite...these leaves must be crunchy.......FABULOUS PHOTOS, cara Jill: I would name it like this:
A PORTRAIT of a VEGETABLE GOURMAND!
( loved your visit for my Arabian girl's birthday...!)
ciao ciao and a great week!!
elvira

Dan said...

Gorgeous - I love snails, but unfortunately so do the resident frogs (in a different way!).
Dan
-x-

joey said...

Wow, Jill! Some of the spiffiest snail photos I've ever seen! It would be fun to see you shoot them :)

KaHolly said...

Jill, you outdid yourself with this post! Simply marvelous! I'll forever look twice at snails now! ~karen

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Snails are so cool and you got a great one and the close-ups are perfection! One time while visiting California, I went to church where I had been baptized as an infant. I found a snail on a column and felt somehow drawn to it, so I placed it inside my empty cup and brought it home to Kentucky. It lived for 18 months...fun

joanny said...

My absolute favorite photograph -- at the first look it caught me by surprise-- a perfect Zen moment.

Wonderful Outdoor Wednesday Surprise!

Joanny

Seagull Steve said...

I love the Monadenia up there. I did Trinity Bristle-Snail surveys up there for a few years, which I now (for some reason) have fond memories of. The tail-droppers are sweet too!

Gill - That British Woman said...

Its your photos that make them look beautiful, whereas in reality they are slimy icky things!!

Gill in Canada

Dimple said...

It is a beautiful snail. Better than garden snails, in my opinion. But I can't claim to be a snail fan! I enjoyed the gopher snake (I do like snakes) and the owl, also!

Thanks for the visit!

Caron said...

I guess I never realized...and I don't think I have ever seen a snail close up...that a snail could be pretty.

Maria said...

This is really good macros!

Kala said...

I've never seen these creatures close up. Great shots.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. Very nice details.

Rosidah Abidin said...

Very beautiful macro shots! Have a wonderful day :)

jason said...

What a beautiful snail. These photos really draw out some stunning details and colors. I love that you're as bad as I am: nothing's too big or too small and everything's worth looking at.

SquirrelQueen said...

It is a beautiful snail, the color is amazing.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Those are the ears out on those stalks? Very cool looking. Love the frogs and the egret too Jill..Michelle

Joy K. said...

Your pictures are lovely. I've become quite fond of snails, enjoying their cool touch on my hand as I relocate them from whatever garden planty they're munching on.