Flowers—Lines—Ice

Sweet Slimy Hits the Mother Lode

Okay, gang.  I am going to openly admit that I have been known, on occasion, to spend my free time following slugs.  What could be more relaxing than spending time in the woods, concentrating on a beautiful, shimmering little being out for a slither?

I wish the fungi  in the foreground were in focus here, but I couldn’t resist sharing this shot.  Is there such a thing as gastropodic glee?

22 responses

  1. Frank Wallace

    Almost has a fairy tale quality to it.

    August 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    • Frank, that’s exactly what it feels like out there in the Maine woods sometimes: a fairyland. 🙂

      August 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

  2. Beautiful, Melanie.

    August 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    • Thank you, Scott! This little patch is just a microcosm of the tremendous beauty that I found all around me.

      August 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

  3. I’ve seen a lot of those mushrooms lately too. And slugs!

    August 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm

  4. Lemony Shots, I might have liked the mushrooms in the foreground to be even *more* blurry so that our eyes are drawn more to the slug. I had to search for him a bit among the luxuriant foliage and vibrant shrooms. With him as the main focus of our attention (pun intended) then the mushrooms are secondary and provide texture and color. I have long studied two dimensional design in relation to calligraphy so I am used to the concept of leading the eye to one spot with size or color or boldness. Does this make sense to you?? I think the same principles apply to music although different terms are used, for sure. Main theme, perhaps, and refrains? Just a thought to ease your conscience and perhaps offer another “view” for future shots. I have one extreme photograph on my blog from July 8, 2012 called Pansy that illustrates this contrast; blurriness intentional. But boy that one flower pops. All my best, Miss Maura

    August 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    • Yes, more blurry would have definitely been an option, and I do absolutely understand what you mean. I am really grateful that you took the time to offer this feedback. Mainly, my concern was that I should have had more intent about the foreground, either more in focus or more blurry: what happened in this case was just carelessness. I’m eager to pop over and check out your shot from July 8th, and will do that right now! 🙂

      August 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

  5. I love these mushrooms! I agree with the above comment on the focusing, it draws the eye to the subject.

    August 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    • Yes, I agree, too about the focusing. Sometimes in my excitement over a scene, I move too quickly, worried I’m going to miss the shot, and am not deliberate enough about my settings. In this case, with a slug so slowly on the move, I probably had plenty of time to made my adjustments and be more intentional. But I was so swept away by watching that I didn’t pay attention to all of the details of my shot. Lesson learned! 🙂

      August 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

  6. When I used the words, Surrealism or Absurd-theater, it didn’t have a judgement of right or wrong.
    It was just the words for an extreme of human activity. = its endeavor or concentration to a subject
    on front. (We call Zen Mind)
    Yesterday, all day long I was twisting a wire to make a small sculpture of which I’ll post in my blog 🙂

    August 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    • Oh, I didn’t think you were making a judgment at all. 🙂 My problem here was that I was so caught up in watching this little one that I failed to make the proper adjustments on my camera. That’s the catch about concentration, isn’t it… Sometimes my concentration on my subject and my task of taking the photograph don’t match up. 🙂 I was too mesmerized by this little slug to take his photograph!

      August 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      • In Buddhist term, it is the matter of Detachment and
        the Mindfulness. They are not contradicting each other as its moment is not the same. —– still it wasn’t the big issue as the end result was good enough.
        (I don’t think anybody ever noticed, let alone complaint.
        🙂 )

        August 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  7. “Sweet Slimy”? 🙂 He’s kind of cute. So are the mushrooms.

    August 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  8. Nice… and thanks Melanie you’ve just reminded me that I have some black slug and brown snail photos I need to sort and post! and what pretty fungii

    August 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    • Thanks, Helen! And I would LOVE to see your slug and snail photos!!

      August 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      • they may be coming soon ! when I’ve finished the One Love series

        August 21, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  9. Beautiful colors Melanie.
    There is something really magical about this shot; I can’t stop looking at it; one of my faves from you!

    August 21, 2012 at 3:16 am

  10. elmediat

    An intriguing image in both subject matter and emotional tone. A fantasy tale setting, but is it more Lord Dunsany’s or Lewis Carrol’s ? One thing is sure, the snail-mailman cometh. 🙂

    August 21, 2012 at 3:57 am

    • Ha ha ha! Again!! 😀 Oh my goodness, Lord Dunsany… I haven’t read Dunsany in years. You’ve prompted me to go get Wonder Tales off my shelf this instant!

      August 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

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