Munchtime by Celeste Mookherjee

This snail was so busy eating a dried-up iris that he didn’t seem to care about photographers taking turns focusing on him. I was third in line (there was a photo meetup that day at the garden), and the snail remained unfazed. At least he was munching on something that was already dead! (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/7.1, 1/160 sec., ISO 400 in shade, handheld)

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Top 10 in “Mollusks – Snails, Slugs, Mussels, Octopuses” challenge in All God’s Creatures group (July 2014)

Top 10 in “Creature of the Garden” challenge in Everyday Life group (March 2014)

Top 10 (3rd Place) in “Slugs and Snails” challenge in Backyard Macro and Closeups group (February 2014)

Featured in Local Critters (5 September 2014)

Featured in Backyard Macro & Closeups (22 February 2014)

Featured in Bugs and Animals on Flowers/Foliage in Macro (1 December 2013)

Featured in Love These Creatures (30 November 2013)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 2 years ago

    Awesome close up Celeste…..Love the detail in this….

  • Thank you, Thomas! It was so much fun because I just walked up to him and got in very close with my macro lens – he never stopped munching!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 2 years ago

    Fantastic photo Celeste with beautiful color and nice crisp detail.

  • Thanks very much, Richard! I appreciate your great comment and fave!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 2 years ago

    Wow Celeste!!!! glad you waited in line… LOL how many were there???? Absolutely stunning capture :))xx

  • LOL, Debbie! Thank you! This little guy was just too good to miss, and there were still a few photographers after me. Probably six of us in all, and I believe I was the only one working without a tripod (very typical for me). Thank you for the fave as well!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture and clarity. Great angle also.

  • Thanks very much, Joy, for the super comment and fave! The setup was a dream because the dying iris stalk was very tall. I was able to walk right up to the snail and shoot very slightly upward while standing straight up. You shoot nature close up, so you know what a treat it is to NOT have to stoop, squat, or get into some crazy posture. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    This caused me to laugh when I first looked at it. I think that was because somehow you have given the pesky creature a personality!

  • Thanks, Bette, I’m always glad to give reason for a laugh! Most likely this snail has zero personality in reality, but I have a tendency to anthropomorphize my subjects at times. ;)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

    Fabulous work, Celeste, with perfect crispness …really impressive!

  • Thanks very much, Katherine! I was especially happy to get the detail in his very pretty shell.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 2 years ago

    How cool!! Great colors and clarity, as always! I love getting this up close and personal view of this snail! His patterns are beautiful!

  • Kristi, thanks very much for your lovely comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoover 2 years ago

    Interesting pattern! You are very good on bringing ordinary object into special. I would have missed it :)

  • Thank you for such a kind comment! I really do take a great interest in finding and sharing what is beautiful in ordinary objects. Maybe I wouldn’t do that so much if I had grand lighthouses and magnificent waterfalls not too far away. ;)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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