Photo of the Week

Grove Snail
Grove Snail
Cepaea nemoralis, Helicidae
Maplewood Conservation Area,
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 24, 2014

Last weekend I spent some time trying out my new macro rig, a variant of Sean’s monster macro rig. Still working out some kinks but I got a few good shots, my favorite being this photo of a Grove Snail.

This introduced forest snail feeds on dead and senescent vegetation. The Grove Snail is the favorite prey of the Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos). This thrush will use a favorite stone as an anvil to break open the shells of snails. If this sounds familiar you might be a Tolkien fan. This behavior of the Song Thrush may have been the inspiration for the thrush who “knocks” with the last light of Durin’s Day.

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