Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. — Lao Tzu
Inspired by Paula’s fabulous photo and quote. This is an Australian Native Snail, a Soft-shelled Snail. Perhaps a Helicarion species has a body that is too large to completely withdraw into the shell; as a result they are referred to as semi-slugs
Every year they appear on the trees, fence posts, blades of grass or anywhere a tree used to be around seventeen years ago. I love finding them as did my daughters who loved to wear them as brooches. It will soon be Summer and their constant singing will ring out through the bush, a sound of an Australian Summer.
“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living. I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp.” ― Henri Poincaré, Science and Method
“Monsters cannot be announced. One cannot say: ‘Here are our monsters,’ without immediately turning the monsters into pets.” ― Jacques Derrida
“Everything you see is in the process of making or unmaking or dying or living. Everything is in a state of change.” ― Kelly Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
If anyone has encountered a Masked Lapwing, they will give you the truth. Come near my nest and look out. Trouble is Masked Lapwings, or Plovers as they are generally known, lay their eggs anywhere they want. I have seen nests in the middle of football fields or on the grass verge on the side of a road.
They will defend their right to be casual egg layers quite violently. They have spurs on their wings which can be quite nasty if attacked.