Tuesday, August 14, 2018

S-N-A-I-L'S P-A-C-E

We're in the final week of summer before school starts. We're trying to S-L-O-W D-O-W-N time. What better way to do that than to observe shelled gastropod mollusks, aka snails.

The sight of snails still fascinates me because during our 7 years living in Tucson I never once saw a snail. I saw every other critter, but not snails.  Since moving to Switzerland, I am always surprised when one crosses my path...or rather, I cross theirs.
Hoisting himself out of the storm drain.












Crossing the dirt running path.












And blazing a trail.












Some snails hide in plain sight:
Can you see him?



















Peek-a-boo!



















Did you know, the speed of snails is around 0.5-0.8 inches per second? If they moved without stopping, it would take more than a week to complete 1 kilometer.

Today's poem is a limerick about a poor, poor snail:
A garden snail from Avondale
Took a trip -- an epic fail
Sailing on the sea
In a fit of glee

The snail was dinner for a whale.*
©2018, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.
*This version of this poem is thanks to Joy, poet extraordinaire, 
for her expert feedback on my original limerick.

4 comments:

  1. Poor snail! We don't see many here in Colorado either, but when I did, I used to bring it into class for students to sketch! I love watching them! Happy s.l.o.w!

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  2. I've been thinking about the similarities between Switzerland and Colorado - it must be the elevation/mountains. What a great idea to have student's sketch the snails. You're so clever, Linda. =)

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  3. I probably should know more about snails since I live in SLO.

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