Canon 300D, handheld
Sigma 24-135 at 78mm w/ 20mm extension
Metz 40MZ-3i flash w/ Lumiquest Big Bounce softbox
ISO 100
f13, 1/200 second

By the time I get there it'll be in bloom
snail azalea

I can't tell you the species of snail this is, because there are several in the area that look pretty much identical. I can tell you that I placed it there, because I wanted an interesting shot — their typical habitat really isn't photogenic. The snail was cooperative in circling the bloom, allowing me to get numerous positions, and this one seemed to work best.

I had cut this azalea bush way back in the winter, shaping it a little better because it sits alongside the front porch, and I worried about it blooming well in the spring. Actually, it bloomed so vigorously that the leaves were literally invisible under the red blossoms. The same bush plays host (as I write this) to some of the praying mantises seen elsewhere in this gallery. I do appreciate the subjects that make it easy for me.