Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Shellshocked

Garden variety
London, ON
April 2009
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About this photo: It's round. So is every other photo we've been sharing this week as part of our latest Thematic Photographic theme. If you're a WW fan, I hope you'll click here and check this out, too...it adds an interesting twist to the usual photo meme.
Sometimes, you find the neatest things in the garden. My lovely wife happened across this critter while weeding out front, and after the kids oohed and aahed over the little critter, we decided some pictures were in order to remember the moment.

On the surface, it's a silly little snail with an obvious affinity for greenery. In the overall scheme of things, it's fairly trivial and almost always forgettable. Yet as I listened to our youngest son's voice buzz excitedly about a real snail in his garden, and as I watched our daughter lean in and provide a play-by-play as the snail wrapped itself around a leaf, I figured it was anything but trivial to them.

So out came the camera. Judging by the funny looks I got from passers-by, I know they were wondering why a grown man was creeping around his lawn on his knees. But it made the little folks happy, and until the bumble bees came out and scared them back inside the house - a story for another day - it reminded me yet again why being part of a family like ours is such a privilege.

Your turn: Spontaneous family moments. Please discuss.

What's next? Every Wednesday at exactly 7:00 p.m. EDT, I post the first Thematic Photographic entry for the coming week. To help get your head ready for the new theme, I often share it a bit early. With that in mind, next week's TP theme will be...

Musical

And if you're still hankering on some round-themed submissions, it's not too late to share your own by clicking here.

21 comments:

Shey said...

You do have a joyful, loving family. It warms the heart & makes me smile.

I love this shot of the snail. I got one in my archives too. "Snail Stare" The park ranger stopped and asked me what I was taking a picture at. ( I was squatting by the grasses, hehehe) So, a fellow photographer won't be surprised you were acting 'wierd' while holding a camera. :)

Looking forward to the musical theme.

:)

Pagan Sphinx said...

Finding snails was always one of the highlights of gardening with my grandfather. I'm the type of adult who can ooh and aah over a snail with the children, or even without the children. :-)

kenju said...

What a pretty house he lives in!

tommie said...

I love it when the kids get all excited about the little things. That is a gorgeous shot.

Awareness said...

Great photo....and cute little snail, but they gross me out and ruin my flowers. :)

musical, eh? hmmmmmmmmmm..... like the tempo of that one.

Hilary said...

That's a great snail shot. I love how excited kidlets get over such things. Yours sound like they are a delight.

Beverly said...

I love this photo of the snail. I left a comment on your FB page, but it disappeared.

Breeze said...

A tiny snail lives with us. He's been here since last summer. My daughter feared we'd run out of grass for him before spring came but finally it did and off she went this weekend to fill her little friend's tub with fresh greenery.

Great picture!

Breeze

Julie@Momspective said...

What a totally unique picture!

Red Lotus Mama said...

Wow! Fantastic shot!

Happy WW! Check out me and Princess D getting our beauty sleep: http://tinyurl.com/c7rutz

Sukhmandir Kaur said...

I've been getting them by the hundreds if not thousands in my garden. My grown son thinks they are so cute,(they are) and we hate to kill anything so tried relocating. I put different colored dots of puff paint on the shells and then took them to five different locations each about 300 feet from my garden. Then I relocated too (temporarily) LOL so haven't been home yet to see if any came back or not.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

they are great soil aerators and tasty too:)

fickleinpink said...

..sounds like you have great quakity-time with your family!

have a great day!

PastorMac's Ann said...

Carmi, I really appreciate your admonition and encouragement to not miss the magical family and parenting moments. Thanks!

Beth F said...

Very cool!! Thanks for sharing it.

Scobberlotcher said...

great photo!

Regina said...

Gross, I have an aversion to slimy things! But the shot is great!

Robyn Jones said...

It's a great picture...
Kids have a way of being able to make you do the weirdest things without caring what anyone thinks...

Last summer I remember my hubby jumping up and down and dancing like an idiot to make my one year old son, who was sitting in the car laugh....

I think our neighbors are finally adjusting...

Amanda Guthrie said...

You and Mojo come up with the best titles. Pretty goof macro there nice and clear.

onangelwings said...

I have to show this to my daughter. She has a snail thing.

http://reesspace.blogspot.com/2009/04/wordless-wednesday-beautiful-botanicals.html

MorahMommy said...

I'm not overly fond of creepy crawly things but I was totally fascinated when I saw Sammy Snail eating in our garden. I'm glad my enthusiasm rubbed off on the kids and you.

It will be another lovely memory that we will store away and then bring out with "Do you remember when...)

Love you! :D