Little Snail Friends at the Giouji Temple
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos

I spotted this snail on a small tiled “roof” on top of a short wall outside Giouji Temple in western Kyoto. He seemed quite photogenic, as did the wall. Gioujo temple has all kinds of pretty walls of various different constructions, although this external wall (seen in the left of this picture) is likely the least interesting.

Snail, Old Nail, and Roof Tiles -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 34 mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Snail, Old Nail, and Roof Tiles

Most of the old nails put in to secure the tiles were sticking out like this one. Perhaps the wood underneath got wet, expanded, and squeezed the nail out? It seemed quite odd to me.

Awaiting The Whole “...Gets Hammered Down” Thing -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 30 mm — 1/60 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Awaiting The Whole “...Gets Hammered Down” Thing
Chugging Away -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 34 mm — 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Chugging Away

The temple itself is small and not very well known. I've heard that its fall foliage is excellent, but I remember it for its moss and its ferns.

Both moss and ferns tend to be below eye level, drawing one's gaze down, which is why I almost smacked face first into this snail hovering right at eye level....

Precarious -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Precarious

I'd love to know how that little guy got there. He's on a small branch hanging over the path, attached to a huge, long, sweeping branch that arcs way around, over, then down to the ground. The snail in question is a fuzzy blob on the leaves hanging over the path in the photo below, which doesn't show very well just how long the branch really is.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 20 mm — 1/45 sec, f/7.1, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos

Here's another little guy nearing the top of this stone lantern...

Nearing the Pinnacle of the Day -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Nearing the Pinnacle of the Day

Meanwhile, back at the front, the little trouper from the first photos has traveled about a foot in the last hour, has made a U-turn, and is heading back up toward the top of the roof...

Tooling Along at About 1 ft/hr ( Get your speed gun, that's a whopping 0.000189 mph ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/25 sec, f/6.3, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Tooling Along at About 1 ft/hr
( Get your speed gun, that's a whopping 0.000189 mph )

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