There’s a wealth of cool and awesome stuff around us that we never notice, or take the time to scrutinize. Like this little fellow.
I found this little guy in the garden on a sunny day. He was hiding away in his shell, keeping out of the sun, but was kind of exposed to birds and other predators. I couldn’t coax him out of his shell until I grabbed some birdseed from the feeder and tempted him with that. Snails like the seed, they all congregate under the table and come out at dusk to munch on it once al the birds are gone.
He gradually came out to have a look see, and started to snarf the seeds down. Well, it’s a tactic that would work on me…
It was amazing to be able to hear (and feel) him crunching away on the seeds, this tiny, almost weightless creature on my hand, munching slowly, slowly, taking the shell off of the seed. I spent a good half hour just watching him do his thing.
(Before you go eeeeew!, the clump of stuff behind him are the grass seeds, one of which has sprouted)
Eventually he got full and gave up on the seed, preferring to start exploring my hand. I gently put him back in a safe, shady place, so that he was hidden away.
Sometimes, taking a pause to watch or interact with nature is all you need to put things in perspective and to get a good feeling. Go and explore your gardens and find cool little dudes. And when you are done, let them on their way without harm.
Got any interesting pictures of the tiny nature around you? Send them in to web [at] dogsounds [dot] com and we’ll put them up.