A Garden Snail (Helix aspersa … I think …), climbing a wall next to a busy road.  As usual, the internet overloads me with info about this beast, from which I can report that (a) it is very common, (b) that it is edible, (c) that its mucus has regenerative properties and as such is used in the cosmetics industry, and (d) that its top speed is 0.047 km/hour.

And why have I photographed it?  Well, I like the textures here, I wanted to try the TG-5 out on something diminutive, and I have something of a background in the Life Sciences, as well as being a total enthusiast for the Natural World.

The TG-5 also has a Microscope mode, in which the camera can be 1cm from the subject – and this comes with Focus Stacking, Focus Bracketing and other wonders – I’ve tried these out very briefly and the results are impressive but whether I’ll get into this frequently is anybody’s guess!

There are earlier Street Scene posts here: 1 2 3 .  Each will open in a separate window.

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 74mm (equiv); 1000 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Natural film simulation; south Bristol; 28 Aug 2018.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Sallyann says:

    I’m glad when I go travelling and visiting, that I only have to take a suitcase with me.
    Imagine having to take your whole house wherever you go, would I take my new garden I wonder, dragging it alone behind me, or would I leave it where it is to come back to? 😀 😀 😀


  2. bluebrightly says:

    You amused me, with “Mollusk” in the title, and that snail. 🙂 Very deadpan, to me at least. Microscope mode and focus stacking sound like fun!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Deadpan? Yes, that’s the thing with molluscs, you can never second guess them! 😀 Oh, and gastropod is more precise – I used to collect fossils. The microscope and stacking modes seem to work ok, but really need a tripod, which I never carry. A 🙂


  3. 😀 Love the Top speed!


  4. paula graham says:

    Nice, nice, I am very fond of snails …they have an amazing lifestyle fancy always having a house to snuggle into. Slugs too are important for wildlife and birds it saddens me to see so many lotions and potions to kill these creatures, even in our large Supermarkets. Bad, SAD


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, sad. On the one hand, we must grow food, which is obviously necessary, and so there are pesticides and so on – though these may be overused. But then, on the domestic side of things, we have gardens in which we try to make Nature conform to our aesthetic ideals, and many organisms like snails suffer the consequences.


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