ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Monday, 9 June 2014

BRIAN II. (09/06/14)

I rarely post twice in a day but having been up most of last night making a strange dog behave and taking photographs with Goats in I then had to return the Labrador Ben to his owners. He had been lost for a day and when he saw me flashing sounded a little aggressive. I could tell the poor mite was frightened. He settled down with my two after I’d threatened them all with disembowelment. Jim the campsite owner knows Ben. He lives over the hill. Fortunately only a mile or two over the hill. We took him home to Morag who said you shouldn’t have bothered he always turns up when he’s hungry. No chance of the fifty pound reward I’d been dreaming of but I did get a cup of tea.

On the way back, I lost Alf and Moll, they had gone back to see where their new friend was. It was now a three or four mile walk for me. I never thought to take the camera but did find Brian who escaped from my pocket a week or so ago. This time I found him a mate called Bob. Both made it back to the van. The moral of this story is don’t put single snails in ones pocket.

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_MG_2182      This is Brian…..I can’t identify him. he is Garden Snail sized but I don’t think they have Garden Snails in Scotland.

_MG_2185       This is Bob……I waited for ages but he wouldn’t come out of his shell. I was worried, thought he might be ill. He was dumping slime everywhere.

_MG_2192       I popped a green bean near him and that sparked him up.

_MG_2200      Thank you he said. It looks all right and it smells all right. I think I can live with this. I imagined this bit…. Snails can’t talk but they sniff through the lower small pair of waving about bits and their eyes are at the end of the long pair.

I bet you think I Photoshoped these. Do I ever? Well, yes just now and again. I popped them on a mirror and shot them against a black drape. I find it interesting to watch snails moving around. Perhaps I ought to get out more.

Whilst I was in Loch Broom Hardware looking for suction pipe I found this mirror for £2.50p, a bargain it was. It does give a double reflection and a bit of refraction but who cares for two pounds fifty. I thought at the time it would come in handy. I popped the snails on it.

_MG_2205    Here is the mirror and myself. Freaky? I’m little better in daylight but any nubile ladies are welcome to run their fingers through my bald patch.

Have fun.

48 comments:

  1. ... this post was so fun, Adrian ... fried snails make an awesome addition to dandylion salad ... tastes just like chicken ... shush, don't let Bob hear that ... cuz I'm just sayin ... smiles ...

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    1. Cat, I only had snails once and they tasted of garlic.

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  2. I am confused ~ easily done I know ~ where was Brian all that time?

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    1. Carol, I don't know he escaped a few weeks ago. This is a new Brian.

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  3. Incredibly beautiful aetaan how you got that slag was so quiet and you jogre brother?

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    1. Bass, I trained them. They aren't noisy.

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  4. This is all I ever needed to know about snails. . It's sort of like Dummie for snails. We crawl by snails all our lives and know very little about them and yet they have some interesting adaptations. They also give some interesting opportunities for a photographer.

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    1. Red, I was surprised how photogenic they are.

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  5. Hi Adrian... Brilliant your mirror idea for Brian and Bob's photo shot, I love them ...just fascinating photo's !!
    Well yet another day of weird things happening in Adrian world!!
    I couldn't find the bald spot there is fuzzy hair all over!!

    Grace

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    1. Grace they turned out better than expected. I need a haircut.

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  6. Lovely, the snail and you, ha ha.

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    1. Bob, the snail is better looking than I am.

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  7. Well done for finding Brian...he's been on a long wander, I bet he's got a few tales to tell?
    As for that Bob, he seems to be a bit of a slime ball and easily swayed by a bit of bribery?

    That mirror must have been the bargain of the century...two and a half quid and it didn't shatter when you looked into it!!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I was telling fibs. This is a different Brian. There are lots of white lipped snails here so I may time lapse one on Thursday when it rains.
      I was surprised it didn't. It is a very good mirror.

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  8. I like the mirror idea, wonder if I can get a Grizzly to pose on one???

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    1. Dale, good to see you back. I thought you had stopped blogging. Grizzly eat vegetables so I can't see it being a problem.

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  9. Thats one wicked smile behind the camera, great post.

    peter

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    1. Peter, it's a good job I can smile at myself.

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  10. I'm not sure about snails, Adrian, although I do remember collecting tem as a child(they all escaped from under my bed in the middle of the night). Very fetching photo of you!

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    1. Frances, the snails are beautiful. I'm glad you like the bit of me you can see.

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  11. I should have lent you my photo of a Devil's Coach-horse. Fearsome. He'd have found Brian quickly enough.

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    1. Graham, he would. I've not seen one for years. I learn't yesterday that Scots call both snails and slugs snails.

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    2. Well I didn't know that. I think it must just be some Scots. I found a Devil's Coach-horse in the garden a couple of days ago. It was daytime so he was lurking under a plant pot. He (or she) got really freaked out by the sunlight.

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    3. Graham, it was the chap next door to me. He is a Weegie so hardly Scottish at all. He is a macro photographer and had a wee loan of my mirror, he put a slug on it but insisted it was a snail but a homeless one. After eight in the evening I really struggle to understand a word he's saying.

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  12. These are wonderful, Adrian. And amusing. Clever you for finding two great purposes for that mirror.

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    1. Hilary, I didn't get it to look in. I was going to put flowers on it and photograph them. I then thought a snail might be marginally more interesting.

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  13. Love your selfy Adriam, Great smile behind that camera.

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    1. Horst, I should really replace my avatar. I've aged a lot these past few years.

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  14. Love the effect of the snails on gone mirror and the pic of you is delightful!

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  15. The mirror is very effective. Lighting must be a challenge to eliminate any glare. No doubt top surfaced mirrors are more of a rarity.

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  16. John, I tried flash but that was hopeless. I ended up with a bit of clearish plastic over the window and used natural light. A top surfaced mirror would have to come from a specialist in silvering. I have had small ones made for a sextant. They were a fortune then. The problem would be cleaning the slime off. It's tenacious stuff.

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  17. Great idea, I wouldn't have thought of that

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    1. Maria, it worked quite well. It would be much better with a front coated mirror.

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  18. Estupenda serie del caracol...Pero la mejor foto la última tuya :)))))
    Un abrazo.

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  19. Laura, el caracol es mucho más guapo que yo.

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  20. Awesome work, the snails are excellent as well :-) Never thought of you as a selfie man !, hope you get loads of fan mail as a result :-)

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    1. Jay, I'm getting some front surface mirrors so there could well be more idiocy.

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  21. loved the snails! and the selfie, too. cute! came over from hilary's to say congrats on your POTW!

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    1. I have to find something silly to do on a rainy day.

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    1. I made the names up. I don't know what they were christened.

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  23. Congrats on your POTW mention! I can see why. Beautiful photos.

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    1. Gail, thanks, they are easy to do. I've got some front coated mirror now so I won't get the double reflection.

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    1. They are effective for something so simple.

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  25. Congrats on your POTW! I can see why... those snails are detailed little things.

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    1. Daniel, they turned out reasonably. I've got some front coated mirrors now so am set up for some better ones.

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