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Snails are so common in my garden in far northwest Thailand that it is easy to overlook the extraordinary beauty of their shells. The surrounding limestone mountains are home to countless unnamed species of land snails that are distant cousins of marine species. Distinct species have been found on rock outcrops that are within a few hundred metres of each other. The caves in my district are home to scores of newly named species of micro snails, the size of pinheads.

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • Luís Lajas
    Luís Lajasover 5 years ago

    Wonderful photo really nice, well done

  • Thanks Luis, nice to get your comment

    – John Spies

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 5 years ago

    Lovely macro, and great find.

  • Thanks Mary, there were plenty to choose from but this one was in a great spot

    – John Spies

  • Flávia Ferreira
    Flávia Ferreiraover 5 years ago

    Perfect photo well done John :)

  • Thanks Flavia. Taking macro bug shots is a very new undertaking for me and I am enjoying it immensely. Snails are much cuter than i had ever realised.

    – John Spies

  • Charlie
    Charlieover 5 years ago

    The perfect spiral….Fibonacci’s equation! Well done, John!!

  • Great comment, thanks Charlie

    – John Spies

  • janpiller
    janpillerover 5 years ago

    Wow! what a gorgeous example of this slug! Who would have ever thought a snail could be so beautiful! Nice job!

  • Thanks Jan, they are very special carrying around such wonderful shells

    – John Spies

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A wonderful capture!!!

  • Thanks so much lorilee

    – John Spies

  • justlinda
    justlindaover 5 years ago


  • Appreciate your comment, thanks justlinda

    – John Spies

  • mcjance
    mcjanceover 5 years ago

    I love the design of snails and always study them. You did a very nce job here!

  • Thanks mc, they are fascinating in their variety. I can understand why you study them.

    – John Spies

  • areid
    areidabout 5 years ago

    This would be great for Spectacular Spirals

  • i l d i    l a z a r
    i l d i l a...almost 5 years ago

    How beautiful capture!

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