Thursday, 1 September 2016

Algarve, and Rout of Snails En Route

One day in the country lanes of the Alvor Estuary, on our way to the marsh lands. Americo, drew my attention to clusters of tiny snails all along  the  fence. It was such an unusual sight that I immediately took some photos to share for Good Fences.
 


We saw two clusters of tiny dormant snails.
 

You will be better able to see the singular snails on the lower wire.
 

They were much smaller than my little fingernail.
 

A  rout.
 

They will feed many of the birds which inhabit the marshlands.
 

I expect that after summer is over, and the rain begins to fall, they will make their way down the posts to lay their eggs.
 

The larger snails had a pretty pattern on their shells.
 
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51 comments:

Sandra said...

I actually said Oh Wow out loud several times. I have never seen anything like this. one snail at a time is all. the pattern is like art work and the ROUT is Amazing. so glad you posted these.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I have never seen a snail in the shell much less a ROUT of snails. What a neat sighting! Your photos are awesome. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Christine said...

This is truly an amazing sight and I have never seen anything like it before! So glad Americo spotted them and you were able to take these fantastic photos of the pretty snails. The fence shots are great too with the play of light and shadows!
Enjoy your day!

TexWisGirl said...

that's really neat. beautiful old fence to cluster on. :)

Tanya Breese said...

oh wow, i have never seen snails like this before...how interesting!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is AMAZING! I've never seen anything like that. I'll have to pay attention from now on and see if I spot any. Doesn't that one have the most beautiful shell! WOW!

Mike Attwood said...

How unusual Sonjia.

Lowcarb team member said...

I've never seen anything like this!
What an amazing collection of photo's.
Well Done

All the best Jan

Denise inVA said...

Fascinating to see all these snails. Great photos of them.

Ruth Kelly said...

How very unusual!

Linda said...

Beautiful photos! And I also love the pattern on the shell of the large snail. I have always liked snails, I think they are one of God's creatures that teach us to slow down and live in the moment.

DawnTreader said...

I had no idea snails liked to climb high fences like that... (On the other hand, it just strikes me I've seen them pretty high up on bushes and I guess they must have made their way there somehow!) Visiting via Sandra the Madsnapper - Hi!

Inger said...

Madsnapper Sandra said to come over here and I'm so glad I did. Your photos are both beautiful and interesting. I didn't know snails stayed on posts like this. I have only seen them on the ground.

Felicia said...

How VERY interesting to find these snails on a fence. Great find.

matti juhani niilola said...

Hi. Stunning photographs. Love in the air.

Gosia k said...

snails are wise..

Buttons Thoughts said...

That is a very unusual but exciting find. I love every shot. Great fence and photos and snails. hug B

Grantham Lynn said...

Wow really cool shots. Never seen anything like that! Thanks for sharing.

Cloudia said...

I love your eye. And your skills certainly live up to it@

Ann Thompson said...

How fascinating. I've never seen that many snails all together like that. Your photos are amazing.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today (Anns snap edit scrap)

Denise inVA said...

Hello, I am back to thank you for your comment and to say how interesting that you took a similar photo. Would love to see it sometime :)

A Casa Madeira said...

Bela composição a Lesma e a cerca.
Bom começo de setembro.
janicce.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh my gosh, I've never seen anything like this before. I am thankful you stopped in your busy day to get some photos to share with us!!

Debbie said...

both the snails and the fences are beautiful!!! i like barbed wire and the shadows it created on the posts. those snails sure did pick a great spot!!

your photography is amazing!!

Gail said...

Here from Sandra. Amazing!!! I would like to hold one!

susan said...

Fascinating

pattisjarrett said...

This is truly unexpected! So glad you noticed and shared.

Weekend-Windup said...

Beautiful fences. They have been divided into equal parts.Snail looks lovely:)

Haddock said...

A real cluster. I like that pattern on their shell.

Len said...

How unusual and such a clever spot

hmuxo said...

Excellent photos!!!!!

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! Fascinating having the snails on the fence like that ~ Great photography!
Thanks for visiting ~

Wishing you a Happy Holiday Weekend ~ ^_^

Ida said...

What a great find. Loved seeing the snails on the fence. Super cool.


(Oh I have never posted photos of snails on fences before in reply to your comment on my blog.)

Marijke said...

Beautiful photo's of the snails. I never have seen the clusters of them overhere. It must not be easy for the snails to survive in dry country's
Have a wonderful weekend Sonjia

Tony McGurk said...

You did a good job spotting them on the post. I didn't even notice them in the 1st photo.

Phil Slade said...

I see that phenomenon sometimes, often in the srprintime in Menorca when the snails climb plants. I wonder why they do that And what is the collective name for a cluster of snails. More googling for me.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, you must have a great eye! Cool sighting of these little snails. Great shots. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Tom said...

I will never look at the lowly snail the same again!

Small City Scenes said...

How very strange. I have never seen anything like that. We seldom see Snails here but tons of Slugs. Love all your photos.
MB

Forest Dream Weaver said...

And hopefully some will survive - well spotted!

jandi said...

Beautiful images! I have seen snails in strange places before but never in such huge numbers! Have a beautiful week!

Bethany Carson said...

I do love the pattern on the snails! So neat to see! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Chan said...

Lovely pattern on the shells. I hope they won't ended up being food for the birds. Have a beautiful day!

NatureFootstep said...

I agree, this is most unusual. I, actually, never seen it.

Nancy Chan said...

Referring to your comment on the snow beer on my blog - It is any beer frozen to a certain temperature and when the beer is poured into the frozen glass, the beer turns curd-like or slurpee. Have a great day!

Small Kucing said...

wow...so many there... i wonder what they are doing there

David Gascoigne said...

Kudos to you for observing these snails while driving - and thanks for sharing this unique phenomenon with the rest of us.

Helma said...

I would also razed some photos have the gate post of Theresa. Very funny all those slags together in the fourth picture :-). they are also beautiful pictures with beautiful soft backgrounds.
I wish you a very nice evening.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

I'll guess that this gathering has some survival value and perhaps relates to reproductive success. Yes, just a guess, but very interesting observation.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Sonija; OMG, what a finding, Dear friend. I think I've seen a bit larger one during the rainy season when young while playing outside :-)
Your close-up pictures are fantastic☆☆☆

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in Portugal, xoxo Miyako*

Teresa said...

Los caracoles son bonitos, pero hacen daño en el jardín. Saludos.

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