People don’t realize that I
take all my photos without a camera.
Photographic memory, you see.
[Note: This is a shot of an Ivory Mystery Snail and some Painted Fire Red Shrimp in one of my aquariums. I breed both the snails and the shrimp. It is so cool about how the snails and shrimp get along with each other so well! The snails often rise up to expose more of their bodies to the shrimp… in order to get groomed and get little parasites or debris taken off by the shrimp. I’ll have to get a shot of that sometime! ]
That’s a lot of gigabytes of storage in your memory Tom! LOL 🙂
More like kilobytes with my little brain! 🙂
LMBO!!! 😀 😀 😀
You must’ve really slowed that shutter speed to get a snail picture.
Those Mystery Snails are way faster than you think! 🙂
Excellent haiku Tom. Love that idea.
Thanks much, Frank! 🙂 It came to me in a flash (camera-like, of course)!
Excellent post Tom!
Thanks, Belinda! I wish people could see the aquarium in real life! 🙂
Delightful picture! Thank you!
Thanks, Susan! They are mesmerizing to watch! 🙂
haha Love your photographic memory! 😀
And what a great symbiotic relationship between your snails and shrimp. 🙂
They sure do get along well! 🙂 The one in the photo is a male. That is his penis sticking out from underneath its shell posterior to the eye. Don’t stare at it, for God’s sake! They lay their eggs out of water, above the water line, and i had one pair lay far too many eggs than i wanted. I finally finished selling all the young ones on eBay. 🙂
It must be fascinating watching such ‘alien’ little creatures. 🙂
Thank you, Ken! They are quite a team! 🙂
I think that’s called a commensal relationship between the shrimp and the snails. There are some variations on this type of pairing, but its remarkably common in nature.
Or symbiotic relationship. The snails get groomed by the shrimp and get parasites, debris, and algae removed and the shrimp eat free food, including the very nutritious slime from the snails. 🙂
That is so cool! (Yes, I am a child of the ’70s)
Thank you, and ah, yes, the ’70s! People were more independent and motivated to actively protest back then. 🙂
Beautiful Tom! 🙂
Thank you, Marcela! Keep snappin’! 🙂
if mankind could get along so well like the shell and the shrimp, that would be great;)
Have a nice day, regards Mitza
Mankind fights and battles, in conflict, way too much! Here in sicker than sick America, kids are the new moving targets to satisfy the deep urge to kill.
You are so right, Thomas. For us here in Europe this is hard to understand, your gun policy, but money can buy everything, even conscience, as we see from Mr. T.
Nice pic Tom what lens did you used for this picture
Alas… a non-believer! 🙂
Creatures protect other creatures … that’s a beautiful thing. A fellow blogger is a photographer in Tofino, Canada. He came across the body of a river otter floating in the water two days ago, someone had skinned it and taken its pelt. It had just happened – blood not coagulated yet. He was upset at not only the scene, but such a senseless and brutal act. I felt sick, angry and sad reading his account of this.
Yes, it sure sounds very tragic. If i would have seen something like that it would really get to me. People can be very cruel. I am glad that i’m a vegetarian and belong to the Sierra Club. Otters are so comical, naturally playful, curious, and dynamic.
I was sorry that I saw it quite frankly. He usually only posts photos that are stunning – mostly eagles and other waterfowl, and some beautiful scenery. He often has photos of otters, or sea lions sunning themselves, and now many photos of black bears since they have come out of their dens, alone and with their cubs. It is beautiful there in Tofino – very picturesque.
I’m still so fascinated by those shrimp! Great photo 😊
Thanks, Dorinda! 🙂 The shrimp have been booming in popularity recently; many people are becoming fascinated by them.
In her book Pilgrim At Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard talks about the difference between walking with a camera, and walking without. Like you, she suggests that these kinds of seeing differ. You might enjoy this quotation from the book:
“The difference between the two ways of seeing is the difference between walking with and without a camera. When I walk with a camera I walk from shot to shot, reading the light on a calibrated meter. When I walk without a camera, my own shutter opens, and the moment’s light prints on my own silver gut.”
SOOOO cool!!! 🙂
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