I would never have thought that I’d be slower than a snail, but I couldn’t keep up with this one. This little snail seemed as slow as any other when I found it, but it really turned out to be lightning fast. Let me explain what happened.
I was climbing the path out of a small ravine when I noticed something shiny on a rock that I just passed by. I almost kept going, but I finally turned around, remembering that the reason I was there was to find new and interesting things. This shiny thing was obviously one of them.
When I finally looked to see what I had found, I saw this little snail. It was about two inches long, and it was slowly sliming its way across a stone that was embedded into the path. I quickly realized that I had an opportunity for something very different.
I’ve seen plenty of snails before, but I personally have never seen one so big here in Michigan, even though I’m sure it’s not unusual. The last time I saw a snail this big was when I was a kid. My family lived in Tennessee for a few years, and there were plenty of big ones in the warmer climate there.
Anyway, I started taking pictures of this new, monstrously sized, two inch long snail. As I looked into the view screen of the camera I noticed a lot of blurry shots. I stopped and readjusted my settings for the dim light and tried again.
I’m still learning some of this so I still had a little bit of trouble. As I played with the camera, the snail began to move faster. It’s slow creep became a slow crawl. I tried to get a closer picture, but I still got a blur. I tried again but as quick as a flash the snail moved off of the rock and under an old leaf.
That’s how I lost a race with a snail.