Sand and Shallows

Underwater snailien lifeforms…

Rivers are full of strange life, some of it quite interesting when you get close up.
Some snails are out in the wet sandy areas in the evening and early morning, as the day becomes too warm they work their way down into the sand and disappear.

Below: A set of lyrical snail trails, with snails burrowed into the sand at trails end.

Below: A close up of a freshwater mussel slowly working its way along in the shallow water. Note the oval opening on the right which is covered with small cilia (hair-like structures) for filtering and collecting tiny food particles.
Below: shallow water mussel trail

Empty mussel and snail shells gathered on the sand.

All images Β© Karen McRae, 2012

58 thoughts on “Sand and Shallows

    1. Thanks, Marina. Mussels are very interesting. They filter all kinds of things out of the water and help keep the river healthy.
      And they do sand drawings! πŸ™‚

  1. Very neat Karen. Good colour, and neat control of light to shoot through the water like that.
    Oh and the subject and composition is okay too. Lots of smiles, al

  2. Yet again, you created or discovered (I couldn’t define πŸ™‚ ) almost alien
    image-sphere. —– it could be yet another huge land drawing in Andes or
    alien space-ship. Image itself defy our perception of the size and the reality.
    I’m lost. πŸ˜€

  3. instructive and enjoyabe (snailien – lol!). i especially like the second and third photographs, but the whole set together tells a complete story.

    one random thought: compare my photography to yours, and one might be justified for thinking we come from different galaxies… πŸ™‚

  4. I love those snail and mussel trails. It’s funny to see the squiggly journeys they have taken drawn out in the sand. You are so knowledgeable about your subject matter too I think that is great!

  5. Karen,
    Love the snail under the water “bubble”. I thought for a second it was a tadpole.
    Le Clown

  6. So beautiful! Every single one! I once saw a film of a scallop swimming. It’s swim was pure joy!Up and down, almost laughing, skipping. I have not been able to look at them as dinner ever since. And now mussels. How wonderful they are. But I guess it is easy for me as I am so close to being vegetarian. That close. I may as well be. πŸ™‚

  7. You captured exactly what it feels like to stroll the beach with eyes down, and the sun on your back. Just lovely!

  8. A great series! I especially like the “Snalien” and the “Snail Descent.” The light on the Upright Snail is beautiful, too. There is something very sweet about snails. I didn’t realize quite how in tune I was to their vulnerability until I felt absolute horror when my four-year-old daughter (newly awakening to the fascinating world of snails) pulled one off of rock last week. It was so happily anchored to the side of a rock, and she popped it off, just certain it would be happier in the water. I’m sure it happens thousands of times a day (children yanking snails from wherever they’ve suctioned themselves), and who knows what a snail really feels, but all I can imagine is what an assault it must be on the snail’s senses.

    1. I’m sure her little plucked snail will survive, but I know what you mean. I was thinking about how there may be snails buried in the sand under my feet and it made me tread lightly.
      Thanks for your comment, Lemony.

  9. “Lyrical snail trails” is a phrase that will stay with me πŸ™‚
    Lovely shots, Karen”

  10. Thankyou. These images go really well with my lazy Sunday morning. Mostly I love that when you take your lens to things, I get to see so much more detail than I would if I were looking, I think? You make me want to look harder and notice things more πŸ™‚

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