And it’s Not Even Hump Day…

David’s work inspires me.  Take this picture he posted yesterday of something as completely ordinary as marbles.   Somehow he throws together some green and blue glass, with a speck of orange, and it comes out looking like a masterpiece.

I had this in mind as I took a short walk this afternoon.  Another transparent snail shell (and empty one this time) grabbed my attention, but I didn’t really want to photograph it because I’d already done something similar last week.  But then thinking of the cumulative effect of David’s multiple marbles, I thought I’d gather a few shells and see what that looked like.

Like my friend Karen had told me, those little shells really are everywhere.   It took me a minute to grab a handful and position them on a bench behind work.  As I’m working to capture the effect of the light through the shell, I kept seeing this little Latino face pop over the wall.  Before I could fully turn my head to acknowledge his presence, he would pop back down.  So, out of the corner of my eye I watched him watch my little photo project.

The big surprise came when one of the supposedly empty shells started to move, and a slimy little life emerged and began cleaving to the neighboring shell.  I got more than I bargained for!

After I returned indoors, I watched through the window as the Latino boy scampered around the wall and over to the pile of yellow shells.  I was really hoping he’d take them, but I think he was afraid I’d come back.

Light through the snail shellsA little slimy life emerges and spots a new shellHe mounts his victim

Camera:  Nikon Coolpix 100

3 Replies to “And it’s Not Even Hump Day…”

  1. I like the idea of the epic journey! You know, I’ve lived here for years and have only noticed these little snails this summer. That must be the magic of photography – you start noticing everything.

  2. My goodness! They’re quite colourful, aren’t they? I don’t think I’ve ever seen the like (not including sea snails). The first and last, with backgrounds, makes it look like they’re setting out on an epic journey along the bench. 🙂

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