Monday, 13 July 2015

Lovely weather for snails

We've had quite a lot oif rain recently (though the Water of Leith is very low at the moment, so maybe it's not been raining as much as it feels it has!).

Anyway, it's perfect weather for snails today, dull and damp with occasional showers


I don't know what species of snails these are, but hopefully I soon will as I'll be attending a snail identification course with the Water of Leith Conservation Trust!

I'm not sure whether this red soldier beetle was enjoying the wet weather, though it's covered in raindrops (click on the photo for a closer view!)...

The water crowfoot is beautiful in bloom in the Gorgie stretch of the river

I had a lovely view of a kingfisher dashing downstream, that's three weeks in a row!

11 comments:

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Snails have species??? To me a snail was a snail was a snail, always!

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hey Juliet,
Looking at your pix and thinking how lovely and balanced things can be in nature, but try growing food, and, suddenly, snails, beetles, a myriad kind of flora and fauna become Big Problems that must be eliminated. Making no judgements. Just observing. We must eat for sure...sigh.
:) m & jb

eileeninmd said...

The snails are cool, great post and images. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Simon - apparently so and I'll do a blog post on the id training,

I agree Maureen, in a garden, not everything in nature remains our friend....

Eileen - thanks

DeniseinVA said...

Thank you for reminding us to enlarge your photos. They are really lovely! We probably have a lot of snails around our garden at the moment. It has been raining steadily all day here in northern Virginia :)

Leora said...

Snail identification - sounds cool! Like a nature kid's dream of how to be an adult. I can't remember the last time I saw a snail.

Rambling Woods said...

I don't have any photos of snails. I have toads in my garden so I am thinking they are kept in check, but I am going to look. I heard a belted kingfisher here today. Amazing birds... Always a pleasure to have you in Nature Notes.... Michelle

sage said...

Snails are interesting and it sounds like it should be their weather here, too, but I haven't seen any except for a particular snail that lives on the sparatina (marsh grass) that goes up and down according to the tides.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Snails and slugs - one of the banes (along with black berry) of the Pacific Northwest!

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh my goodness, you will be learning to identify snails? Sounds confusing to me. ;))

bettyl-NZ said...

These are great shots of the little creatures. They have their own particular beauty.