The acrobat

Most snails inch their way along the stems of flowers

Planting their whole body onto the leaves

Following the trail of those who have gone before.

But – every now and then – one snail stands out.

You can find her doing cartwheels

Or hanging upside down.

She stands out in a crowd. The adventurer. The daring one.

Have you ever noticed how some people are just like snails?

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68 responses

  1. Great pictures and such patience to find that picture!

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    September 3, 2011 at 17:08

  2. What a cool find, awesome photos and a great post. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    September 3, 2011 at 17:24

  3. Beautiful captures and lovely words to accompany them.

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    September 3, 2011 at 17:32

  4. Very good and nice photos.

    Regards!

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    September 3, 2011 at 17:57

  5. Your gift is showing us that there is no such creation in God’s world that is ordinary. This is exquisite — as always.

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    September 3, 2011 at 18:04

  6. Det er forbausende hvordan sneilene tar seg fram overalt – selv med et hus på ryggen. Interessante skapninger.

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    September 3, 2011 at 18:25

  7. Riet

    What a lovely story about the acrobat. Beautiful pictures.

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    September 3, 2011 at 18:37

  8. Love this post! That first photo really brought a smile to my face.

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    September 3, 2011 at 19:08

  9. Lovely shots!

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    September 3, 2011 at 19:25

  10. Bob

    The acrobat and the snail, that makes a funny interlude.

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    September 3, 2011 at 19:29

  11. A snail? Oops… I thought you were describing me! LOL!

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    September 3, 2011 at 19:46

  12. He’s got his clown suit on!! 🙂

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    September 3, 2011 at 19:50

  13. What an awesome snail! I love it! And your symbolism.

    I haven’t seen a snail in ages, and now I want to go find one.

    Great Camera Critters share! Thank you!

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    September 3, 2011 at 19:56

  14. So well done, Fi. You are a marvel with a camera.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    September 3, 2011 at 20:05

  15. I’d never have thought to find a snail acrobat – wonderful!

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    September 3, 2011 at 20:13

  16. I’m not a big fan of the vintage feeling but it works well when the image is not sharp enough or when I want some subtlety. I loved the first pic because of the big red shell in the middle. Rishi

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    September 3, 2011 at 20:14

  17. imac

    Who’s a clever so and so then, great shots.

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    September 3, 2011 at 20:36

  18. Great shots and a great post as well!

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    September 3, 2011 at 20:54

  19. nice…those are the snails i would definitely be hanging out with…smiles.

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    September 3, 2011 at 20:58

  20. —She is lovely. What a glorious red colour. I want to be HER. xx

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    September 3, 2011 at 22:03

  21. He/she is beautiful. Thank you for showing this small beauty to us. Have a great weekend.

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    September 3, 2011 at 23:25

  22. Beautiful ladyfi! Yes, those people do stand out. Love the image of a snail doing a cartwheel – makes me believe that there is hope for all of us!

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    September 4, 2011 at 00:03

  23. Lovely snails!

    Please come and meet our bunny Wubzy, have a lovely Saturday!

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    September 4, 2011 at 00:10

  24. great shots

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    September 4, 2011 at 00:21

  25. Wonderful pictures — I like the way you think!

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    September 4, 2011 at 01:22

  26. Nice shot.He(she?) is active and full of energy.

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    September 4, 2011 at 01:33

  27. You’re amazing … you can even make snails seem pretty and poetic.

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    September 4, 2011 at 01:54

  28. Great post! The first photo is so good….

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    September 4, 2011 at 03:28

  29. These guys have perfected the art of survival. Your shots are amazing. Thank you.

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    September 4, 2011 at 03:53

  30. these shots are just exquisite. you capture beauty in a marvelous way and then share it, and that makes me happy. happy weekend to you Fiona.

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    September 4, 2011 at 03:55

  31. Jeanie

    Someone already said it, but your shots really are amazing. Did you have to do some acrobatics to get them?

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    September 4, 2011 at 04:16

  32. Such beautiful images! I thoroughly enjoyed those and learning a little about snails. 🙂

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    September 4, 2011 at 04:33

  33. ds

    You have made snails look beautiful (love the orange shell), and the words are lovely, too. Thank you.

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    September 4, 2011 at 04:37

  34. Love the first shot especially! The colorful shell stands out in color and intricate detail.
    Had to smile at your comparisons. 🙂

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    September 4, 2011 at 04:45

  35. These are wonderful macros, and I like your words as well.

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    September 4, 2011 at 05:11

  36. simply beautifully captured shots…lovely!

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    September 4, 2011 at 05:28

  37. I never thought of snails as being daring before.

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    September 4, 2011 at 05:44

  38. lovely tones,,,, wow.. very well capture

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    September 4, 2011 at 05:51

  39. awesome spiral shell 🙂

    Aloha from Waikiki;

    Comfort Spiral

    >

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    September 4, 2011 at 07:19

  40. Never really noticed these guys before moving to DK.. I know we have them in TX but they are EVERYwhere here… GREAT shots!

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    September 4, 2011 at 09:00

  41. Nice! I like the colour treatment!

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    September 4, 2011 at 09:18

  42. I used to like snails once but now I am a gardener I dislike them. They do so much damage to young plants – Dave

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    September 4, 2011 at 09:32

  43. Fabulous, I bet she does yoga too!

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    September 4, 2011 at 12:12

  44. Wonderful, with those colors and beautiful shells. Yes, sometimes I too am like a snail, I hide in my shell.

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    September 4, 2011 at 14:28

  45. JM

    Great title! The shell on top is lovely.

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    September 4, 2011 at 15:04

  46. Amusing captures! We haven’t seen many snails this year – maybe the thrushes are eating them all!

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    September 4, 2011 at 16:15

  47. i love that red shiny snail Lady Fi but your description made me LOL when i thought of people who remind me of snails in the check out.

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    September 4, 2011 at 18:04

  48. Oh my…what amazing shots. I have seen only snail shells. These are beautiful.

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    September 4, 2011 at 18:24

  49. Very appropriate words to go with these great shots.

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    September 4, 2011 at 20:21

  50. Great snail shots and fun descriptions.

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    September 4, 2011 at 21:20

  51. Awesome capture and I appreciate your thoughtful comparisons.

    Happy Labor Day too!

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    September 4, 2011 at 22:08

  52. I’m the snail that just sits around my apartment and plays on the internet, but I’m okay with that.

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    September 4, 2011 at 23:51

  53. Mildred

    Great captures! Love snails. And even if I live in France I don’t eat them;o) Poor critters!
    Thanks for sharing:o)

    ¤ Happy day ¤

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    September 5, 2011 at 01:03

  54. Both photos are great and I like the descriptions.

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    September 5, 2011 at 11:48

  55. We have to do like that snail some time 🙂

    Gorgeous photos!

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    September 5, 2011 at 13:26

  56. Ha, I’m like that snail! Not the acrobatics, but the slowness. 😛

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    September 5, 2011 at 14:42

  57. Oh what a whimsical post.;) Yes, I have noticed that people do resemble animals.;) And at times plants too.;)
    Love your snail and I always admire their persistence.
    xoxo

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    September 5, 2011 at 15:58

  58. Such gorgeous shells! From the lowly snail, we can learn a lesson, Fi.

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    September 6, 2011 at 06:48

  59. That is one cool snail showing off for your camera! 🙂

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    September 6, 2011 at 07:30

  60. Love the top shot!!!

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    September 6, 2011 at 09:08

  61. I’ve never seen a snail like the first, how amazing and beautiful.

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    September 6, 2011 at 13:03

  62. Love the first shot, it looks like a bulb of onion!

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    September 6, 2011 at 22:47

  63. Wow, these are great shots!

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    September 7, 2011 at 22:23

  64. Love the snail – what a gorgeous color, and yes I have noticed similarities between humans and snails on occasion.

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    September 10, 2011 at 17:42

  65. Jim

    Now this fella could audition for the snail’s version of Cirque de Soliel! Nice to seat the he/she has looked ‘outside the box’.

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    September 11, 2011 at 20:30

    • Jim

      That would be Soleil……..

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      September 11, 2011 at 20:31

  66. Very nice captures.. Love all your photos.

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    September 12, 2011 at 11:01

  67. I am sure this is the MIDDLE child of the Mr. and Mrs. Snail!!

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    September 16, 2011 at 05:30

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