While I wait for banana slugs to emerge from hibernation, I’ve been experimenting with a macro shots.
Banana slugs are large enough to not require a macro lens, but the little non-native slugs who are still active are much more interesting in close ups.
Work it, Love. Beautiful!
Make up please, we need a little powder on that tentacle.
Sweetie, you don’t have a bad side. Just lovely.
Hold that pose, doll.
I should be thrilled that the Pacific Northwest is experiencing a mild winter, but I miss banana slugs. [Cue the violins.] Apparently the inconsiderate little jerks hibernate in the winter.
I have no idea when they will come out of their selfish stupor, but since one of their favorite repasts is Trillium and it blossoms in late March, I assume that’s when the big guys will emerge to once again terrorize the forest.
Until then I must amuse myself with invasive slugs, like this this fairly large, (3 inches long) non-banana slug I saw on yesterday’s slugfari. (By the way the fern pot on the front porch still contains baby slugs whom are regularly fed their favorite lettuce.)
Although I haven’t seen any banana slugs in the wild for over a month, baby bananas are still living in the pot of ferns on the front porch. Last week I photographed this baby munching on a piece of lettuce. The soil in the pot glistens with slime and there are tiny slime trails up the wall by the fern pot.
Click on photo for close-up view.
OK, OK, they’re invasive. But this post is about photos. Even these big brown moving turd-lovers can be pretty.
Another 10 best photos of banana slugs taken during slugfaris in 2011! (There were so many this is part 2 of 2 — so, there are actually 20, but who’s counting?)
The 10 best photos of banana slugs taken during slugfaris in 2011! (There were so many this is part 1 of 2 — so, there are actually 20, but who’s counting?)
For over two weeks we’ve had freezing temperatures at night and in the morning. Most days it gets above freezing in the afternoon, but slugs are sluggish this time of year.
However, regardless, but and all those exception words — the sights in the forest continue to enthrall. Walking in the forest is always a treasure hunt. Saturday was all about ice crystals. On spiderwebs. On plants. Everywhere.
The dark, brown, “dead” forest was filled with beauty! From spider webs covered with ice.
To icy seeds.
It was as if nature had decorated for the holidays.
Red and green and icicles.
Pops of color!
A work of art. Mixed media – spider web covered with ice crystals. Amazing!
Filed under Fall, Slugfari
Since the banana slugs moved out of the front yard and into the forest, I’ve been walking in the woods to see them in nature.
But now the forest is covered with leaves and it’s nearly impossible to spot my favorite mollusks.
It’s hard to believe that somehow by next spring, the leaves will have broken down and be part of the ground.
Oh, and back to banana slugs. They aren’t climbing trees this time of year. And just when I’m in the depth despair about enduring a long, long, banana slug-less winter…
One appears under the leaves.
How can anyone resist that cute little face?
If it were a perfect world, I would post beauty shots of banana slugs every day. But I don’t see many this time of year. That’s not to say there aren’t still lovely treasures to be found in the forest. Case in point: toadstools and mushrooms, although, as of late, they have also been hiding under the leaves.
I wonder what I’ll find in the forest this winter.
FYI, if my personal creed did not allow me to rip these out of the paws of squirrels, I’d have had more shots.