Friday, April 11, 2008

A Living Gem

All photos ©Kathleen Rietz
I was washing and eating strawberries at the kitchen sink yesterday. I reached for this big, red strawberry and turned to wash it when I noticed a snail shell attached to the tip of it, like a perfect little pearl. I lost my appetite for the strawberries, but reached for my camera because I just had to share it with you. I was ready to put away my camera when I noticed that the snail was still living!

24 comments:

  1. Happy Snail! Can you imagine what that snail must be feeling? It would be like me standing on a giant chocolate chip cookie! Yes, this is a little jewel ... what pretty (but yucky) ornamentation for your strawberry!

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  2. How crazy. I never think to check my fruit that carefully, and I hate to admit it, but sometimes I pop one in my mouth without washing it! A bite of escargot with that?!?

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  3. Oh my gosh Kate!! That is the sweetest and somehow also really "yucky" thing at the same time! He, he!

    He is soo cute. I'm so glad you didn't eat the strawberry my friend!

    Why don't you do a tiny illustration about him? He is famous now :o)

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  4. Thats so cool-I really does look like a pearl!

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  5. They are brilliantly designed!!
    He's looking pretty sweet, but oh... they do some damage in the garden!

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  6. This is incredible, but certainly not edible.

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  7. Escargot is pretty good, but never had it with strawberries. (Actually it has been about 18 years since I ate it in high school!) I am amazed that he was still alive; I assume you got those at the grocery!? :D

    One the side, I would like to add you to my blog list if that's OK.

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  8. wow Kate...how cool is that and these photos are amazing...I once was eating a huge bowl of cherries and didn't notice that there were worms in them...oh man I thought I was going to fall over when I bit one in half just for fun...then out popped his head...yikkkkkkkesssss....needless to say I never eat a whole cherry any more...lol

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  9. What a cute little guy. Although I don't like what snails do to my garden, I think they're amazing creatures. Especially when they're tiny like that. He must have felt like he was in heaven on that big, juicy berry.

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  10. All of our snails end up in an old aquarium. My son makes a sort of terrarium filled with plants specifically for the snails. It's called of course, the Snail Farm.Great photo Kate!

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  11. Awwww....he must have been so tiny. Nice pics ~ :)

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  12. What a great story and picture. I too would have lost my appetite!

    He is so cute though!

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  13. Although they're never a welcome site in a garden, I do love a snail. Great photo capture of the wee fellow!

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  14. Awww I love Sunshine's new picture!! She looks so sweet :o)

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  15. Oh my!! What pretty little living pearl just sitting on top of your ruby red strawberry. Such a beautiful image.

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  16. When others see snails; artists see a photo opportunity. ;-D Pretty picture, unique experience--spoiled appetite. Eeewwww. Thanks for sharing? ??? Ha, ha. Glad you saw it before taking a bite!

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  17. awwww what a wonderful find! that snail so cute!

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  18. Bless his little heart!! He's so tiny! I know snails are bad for the garden and all that but I just can't bring myself to hurt them...

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  19. argghh Kath! I'm speechless.. thanks for sharing, anyway we already live with that teeny weeny dust bug in our blanket.. too heeheee!

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  20. OMG, that is completely and utterly awesome! How sweet, and must be a sign of good luck!! Thanks so much for sharing it : )

    a : )

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  21. I am always supised how small these things can get!

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  22. I adore strawberries ... you know?

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  23. Ok Kate! I am just realizing a SNAIL theme going on with you! LOL...your picturebook ad, this photo, your childhood art....interesting!
    aren't snails just fascinating??

    thanks for sharing the moment!

    teri

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  24. I wonder what other beings are attached to the strawberries?

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