PhotoHunter: Stripes

Since I will be unable to post these on Saturday, I am going to be a bit fast off the mark.

I haven’t taken too many photos of anything striped so I was wracking my brain trying to think what to post. Then I remembered my little stripey friends…

Last summer, I brought home some snail shells which were lying in the parking lot at work. I make sculptures out of found objects (which can be found here and here). I sort of dumped the shells on my desk and a few days later started fiddling around with them in order to plan how to assemble them into something. I was poking one with the end of a dried grape tendril when I realized that it was soft on the inside.  I rehydrated the shell and, lo and behold, a snail popped its head out!

Apparently, although they aren’t usually found in our area, a landscape company accidentally deposited a whole lot of them in the mulch around the government office where I work.

I went out and bought a terrarium for it, brought home a few friends and they spent the summer with me. In the fall, I was worried about my being able to keep them alive so I released them in my yard.

Striped Snail

Striped Snail




Dince I can't leave well enough alone....

Since I can't leave well enough alone....

Snail and Feather

Snail and Feather

There are more of the Snail and Feather images here.


  1. April 6, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I didn’t play this week, but this is great….

  2. mudhooks said,

    April 6, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for all your wonderful comments…

    I haven’t been able to reciprocate much as I have been out of town visiting my friend (please see the my latest post…). I will likely miss next week’s PhotoHunter or will have to post it Thursday morning. I am going to see her again for the long weekend.

  3. sassy mom said,

    April 6, 2009 at 12:40 am

    amazing striped shots. catching up on my visits! have a blessed week!

  4. feefifoto said,

    April 5, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Oh, the snail and feather shot just about put me over the edge. Well done!

  5. romelettedj said,

    April 5, 2009 at 5:43 am

    wow, such a nice shot. i never seen a stripe snail. thanks for the visit.

  6. Napaboaniya said,

    April 4, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Nice shots of the snail in stripes 🙂
    I’ve never seen a snail that beautiful before in fact!

  7. scart said,

    April 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    i personally like the 1st pic. I can see the stripes and nice focus 🙂

    mine is up as well. Happy weekend 🙂

  8. Tammy said,

    April 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Wow, great pictures! Perfect for this week’s PH theme!

  9. Brita said,

    April 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Great shots! Beautiful colors.

  10. April 4, 2009 at 9:46 am

    That is fabulous!!

  11. Leslie said,

    April 4, 2009 at 9:35 am

    This is my favorite post for this week – I love snails. 🙂

  12. TorAa said,

    April 4, 2009 at 9:24 am

    What an impressive and excellent solution.

  13. Mira said,

    April 4, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Really wow! These are amazing pictures, can’t take off my eyes on them ;-). Here’s my humble take

  14. liz said,

    April 4, 2009 at 9:12 am

    What a lovely story! And beautiful snails!

  15. Tonya said,

    April 4, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Stopping in from photohunt! Beautiful picture.

  16. Carver said,

    April 4, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Those are such beautiful shells and perfect for the theme. I like how you got creative with them too.

  17. YTSL said,

    April 4, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Great pictures — especially that of the snail and feather. Love that composition!

  18. Anna said,

    April 4, 2009 at 3:58 am

    I really like your photos for stripes!
    My favorite is the last one – it is just superb! Great colors and composition.

    I’m really sorry to hear about your friend 😦
    All my best to you!


    • mudhooks said,

      April 4, 2009 at 6:59 am

      Thanks… Especially about my friend. I am about to set out to visit her, so I will know the prognosis later today.

  19. HOOTIN' ANNI said,

    April 4, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Fabulous photography!!!!!!!

    My stripes are posted. Found all over Texas! Come see for yourself. Happy weekend wishes sent your way.

  20. April 4, 2009 at 3:07 am

    great photos for the theme, friends photo is very cool

  21. Lene said,

    April 4, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Great photos! And lots of stripes for sure 🙂 Well done.

    Have a lovley day 🙂

  22. azahar said,

    April 4, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Fabulous as usual, mudhooks. I love stripey snails, especially in garlic sauce.

  23. April 4, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Excellent photographs I love the contrast of the striped shell and the feather

  24. CJ said,

    April 4, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Lovely photos.

  25. saint3 said,

    April 4, 2009 at 1:01 am

    this is a surprising entry becuase of the subject matter and the aesthetics! I love it!

  26. Aileni said,

    April 3, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    What a very good choice. We have had a difficult week and I was desperate to put something in that didn’t require much thought.
    Have a good weekend.

  27. julie said,

    April 3, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I remember a question I asked my student a while ago: What animal with prints on its shell can live in a terrarium?

    His answer: snail

    Lovely photos 🙂

  28. magiceye said,

    April 3, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Brilliant! Images and compositions! Superb!

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