For some reason my little two year old girly girl, Mila, is passionate about snails… could be the influence of her older wiser brother, Hudson, I suppose. Anyway, after every rainstorm she goes out and ransacks the garden for snails, carrying them around in bunches, or filling plastic containers with hundreds of the slimy little buggers, leaving them oozing snail slime and overflowing behind bedroom doors or under the table, for me to step on later…

Camera Model Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Shooting Date/Time 2009/10/14 01:57:44 PM
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/60
Av( Aperture Value ) 6.3
ISO Speed 200


child, curls, girl, hand, heart, micklyn, mila, mouth, snails, tender

In between cooking, shopping, doing laundry, washing dishes, changing nappies and schooling my children I sometimes find a spare moment to doodle, draw or photograph something or someone. Those are the moments that keep me going, even if they are few and far between. Food for the artist mom’s soul.

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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 4 years ago

    I share this passion – and always look forward to your next portrait Micklyn – this is sublime – the tender way she holds the snail – love it :o)

  • oh thank you so much, Kira!! what a huge compliment ( : You always make me smile!

    – micklyn

  • jacqleen
    jacqleenover 4 years ago

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhh…..Okay this is soooooooooo CUTE….
    but i remember once ( and I was more like 5 ) …..i saw all these little what I thought were Shells…..and my parents were getting ready to leave….so I started to collect as many as I could…and put them in my coat Pocket…..then we got in the car and i was sitting in the back
    and couldn’t wait for my dad to start driving…cuz then, i knew i could start to look at my little treasure….so i took few out…..and within a minute ….they started to come out………I SCREAMEDDDDDDDDDD so loud…..where we almost got into an accident :))))))
    my dad had to pull over and remove my coat and get rid of all those snails :))))))))
    I stayed away from them ever since :))) LOL
    excellent IMAGE hun :)

  • ROTFLMAO!! That is a GREAT story, Jacqleen, thank you!! and extra thanks for the favouriting, hun! xx

    – micklyn

  • rubyjo
    rubyjoover 4 years ago

    haha, it used to be lizards at my house, inwould find them dried up behind the couch or worse yet, have one jump on me when i was watching tv LOL
    love this, its precious!

  • LOL, yes, lizards, too, although it’s mostly the cats that are into lizards…. and leave them dead behind the couch until the smell drives you nuts and you have to hunt them down… ( : Thanks, rubyjo!

    – micklyn

  • aglaia b
    aglaia bover 4 years ago

    totally adorable i love the snail story, that’s so cute, she’s gorgeous. a very apt title as well. nice work micklyn. ;-) xox

  • thanks so very much, Aglaia!! ( :

    – micklyn

  • Tamara Brandy
    Tamara Brandyover 4 years ago

    Super cute, I love the way the snails are all stretching out… and the tones in the photo…. beautiful :)

  • thanks so much, Tamara!!

    – micklyn

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 4 years ago

    I adore your framing of this and I just adore this image in general Micklyn! LOVE your story too….totally made me smile. I love bugs, but I can’t do slithery and slimey…your daughter is very brave as are you having to clean them up afterwards!

    I was once planting flowers in the garden and I grabbed on of the pots to transplant. My fingers wrapped around something spongy and slimey….I paused for a moment knowing full well it was a great big banana slug. I instantly fired the pot out of my hand hitting the wall of the garage…were my husband was standing….just missing his head and did the craziest jumping up and down….ewwwwww……ickkkkkkk……grosssssss dance for about 5 minutes! Hope the neighbors weren’t watching lol :)

  • Lol!!! sounds like an excellent performance, and just what I would have done in your shoes! I still remember a real close up spider shot you won with once on… you said there were lots of them around where you live and that the tough looking spider guy you shot lived on your porch?? I remember marvelling at your courage….. ( ; Thanks, Shelly!

    – micklyn

  • Ingz
    Ingzover 4 years ago

    so touching and beautifully taken dear Micklyn! i love your story and what everyone has written, you certainly have brought back such lovely memories. My daughter would collect them too…. line them all up and wait for the race to begin…. she would sit patiently waiting for the winner to cross her little straw line on the grass xxxxx

  • what a great idea, Ingz!! I must tell Hudson and Mila to try that (( : Thanks so much for your kind comment!!! xxx

    – micklyn

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    excellent capture and work

  • thanks so much!

    – micklyn

  • clickinhistory
    clickinhistoryover 4 years ago

    great capture and treatment and at least you have to be awake in your house lol..

  • You SO do have to be awake in my house, lol!! snails aren’t the only thing you might stand on…. ( : Thanks so much for your comment!

    – micklyn

  • jwinman
    jwinmanover 4 years ago


  • thanks!

    – micklyn

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