Wednesday Walk and maybe you smile ;)

in Wednesday Walk3 years ago

Why you might smile? I don't know, maybe just because there's not much to smile about these days, or maybe because this little snail tricked me out ... somehow ;)

Tricky little Snail

Today is Wednesday April 1st, 2020 and my post is dedicated to

@tattoodjay's #WednesdayWalk challenge

and the

#MakeMeSmile challenge by @elizacheng.

For more information about these two cool weekly challenges please visit their blogs.

Last weekend I went for a little morning walk at the reservoir where I often walk.

It was quite cold, but I had a very nice and calm walk of which I have already posted some photos of a little Eurasian Nuthatch a couple of days ago: Curious little Bird....
But before I took those bird photos I have been in the forest at the lake.

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When I came to the forest I have found an interesting mushroom, which grows on the end of a branch of a dead tree. I shot two focus stacked macros which I think I'll post on #FungiFriday.

Then I saw a very small and interesting looking snail shell on the same old tree trunk. I have to say I was glad that I could even see and recognize it as a snail shell, because I didn't have my glasses on ;)

The two kinds of people

There are two kinds of people on earth to-day;
Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.

Not the sinner and saint, for it's well understood,
The good are half bad and the bad are half good.

Not the rich and the poor, for to rate a man's wealth,
You must first know the state of his conscience and health.

Not the humble and proud, for in life's little span,
Who puts on vain airs is not counted a man.

Not the happy and sad, for the swift flying years
Bring each man his laughter and each man his tears.

No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean,
Are the people who lift and the people who lean.

Wherever you go, you will find the earth's masses
Are always divided in just these two classes.

And, oddly enough, you will find, too, I ween,
There's only one lifter to twenty who lean.

In which class are you? Are you easing the load
Of overtaxed lifters, who toil down the road?

Or are you a leaner, who lets others share
Your portion of labor, and worry and care?

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I thought this thing would be interesting to photograph with the macro lens and I could try some more focus stacking like I did with the above mentioned mushroom. So I positioned the tripod and the camera, focused and made my first shot, using the remote controll, of course.

But after the first shot I noticed a slight movement of the "empty" shell on the rotten wood - I thought it was an empty shell, but suddenly a black snail body appeared and I could see little black tentacles with the eyes of the snail on top ... and it moved.

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For me, that meant that I could forget the focus stacking and so I made just a few photos of which I hoped they would be sharp enough.

Well, they have not become the sharpest photos, but this little snail made me smile on a quite cold Spring morning in the woods and today I wanted to share my smile with you.

Maybe the snail thought it was April 1st already and wanted to fool me 😉

We all need to smile as often as we can, and in my opinion especially in these days smiling is more important than ever.
I hope you are all well and you take care to stay safe and healthy.

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Location / Standort: Drau Reservoir Annabrücke

All photos were shot with the Canon EOS R and the SIGMA 105mm 1:2,8 DG MACRO HSM, SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C lens.

Although the photos might look all the same they are all different - it's no April's fool 😉

I leave all EXIF and IPTC information stored in the pictures.

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Thank you for visiting my blog,
have a nice evening,

Photos and Text: Johann Piber | All rights reserved - do not use without my permission
#originalcontent #originalworks


Bang, even on HIVE I did it again... I just rehived your post!
Sorry, no beers or deranged or trdo yet... waiting on steem-engine to make the move to HIVE...
Check my last update here

Thank you very much for resteeming my post, dear @pixresteemer 🙂


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Moin Johann,

jetzt bist sogar uf ne Schneck gekommen :)

Des is wenn man nit raus derf gelle......

Genieße Deinen Tag.

Liebe Grüße



Guten Morgen und dankeschön,
liebe Grüße 🙂


@tipu curate

Thank you so much @ptaku 🙂

Very cool photos. By the way, how exactly is the animation made? To my knowledge, snails are quite slow.

Thank you very much @gidlark 🙂

That was a speed snail ;) lol ... no, I'm only joking ;)
As you know I have made 6 photos one after the other. There have been 1 or 2 seconds between the shots. The last one eas even a bit later.
Then I just opened these photos as layers in photoshop, aligned them and exported an animated GIF, that's all.
In reality you couldn't see the moves of this snail because it was really slow ;)

Shots with a difference of 2 seconds seem to be not long. I met the snails a long time ago, and when I met, it was mostly in the hiding place, so it is very difficult for me to estimate their real speed and how much time it takes to spend on such a gif. Thanks for the answer.

OK, then is was a speed snail ;)
I have just had a look at the Image data and you are completely right - there have been more seconds between, but honestly I thought it was shorter.

WOW awesome shots and yes at this time it can be hard sometimes to find a reason to smile but its very important that we do

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :)

Good morning and thank you so much JJ 🙂
I do hope that the brewery opens here soon ;)

We can but hope for that :)

Have a great day

🙂 have a great day too 🙂

Lovely captures. A cute snail like that does make me smile. I like the little horns on his head.

Good morning and thank you very much Jo - and thank you that this little snail made you smile 🙂🙂🙂
These "horns" are called tentacles and on their end there are the eyes of the snail ;)

Good morning Johann! I didn’t know the snail’s eyes were on the ends of the tentacles. 🐌 😃 That should let him see more of what’s around him. Reminds me of a submarine’s periscope except I don’t think he can turn them fully around.

Good morning Jo :)
These tentacles are quite flexible and it's a quite interesting thing to have eyes like a periscope ;)

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Lovely photos of this little creature. Really like this short animation.
This little snail moved quite quickly 😁.

Have a great day @johannpiber.

Hope that beer and coffee tokens will migrate to hive blockchain, I really miss them 😪

Thank you very much @cezary-io 🙂

There have been a few seconds between the shots I used in this animation - this made a speed snail of it ;)

I miss the !BEER too, but I believe the brewery will soon deliver here too :)

Haha, April Fool's!

Yes, but a few days too early 😉

Oooh cute tiny one ! 🐌

Thank you Barbara, that little thing was so small but it really surprised me when it suddenly moved 😀

😃 being surprised by the move of a snail is indeed very funny and unusual ! 😄 😉

Haha, maybe I should have thought before I have written that 😉
Good morning and have a great day Barbara, take care and stay healthy.


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Very cute little snail! It's great that you found it in the forest in the morning. It would be a surprising moment for both of you and the snail. Great capture!

I love to see it move a little bit like in the last picture. Well done! ;)

Take care and stay safe! ;))

I don't know if the snail has noticed me ;)
Thank you very much for your kind comment and that you like this little snail, @tangmo.
I did no tthink of making an animation when I took the photos. Otherwise it would have been a bit better and longer, but I like it too, thank you ;)
I wish you a great weekend and take care!

You're welcome!

Ah! The snail might notice you and it may intend to stay there to let you take photos of it. ^_^

Yeah! You did an excellent job for the animation! I love it.

Many thanks for your kind wishes! Have a wonderful weekend and good health! ;))