my yard, Cohoes, NY (suburban upstate NY)
I have retired on disability, and am caregiver for my elderly mother, who lives with me and suffers from dementia, so I can't venture very far these days to photograph wildlife and scenic beauty. Instead, I focus on discovering the amazing little creatures living in my own suburban back yard, and featuring the landscaping I've planted over the years to create more natural wildlife habitat in my private wildlife “sanctuary.” I have numerous hosta plants and other perennials, and they attract quite a few garden snails. Since there are plenty of leaves for snail food, I welcome these little visitors. This snail's beautifully-patterned spiral shell caught my eye, and I spent about 15 minutes watching with fascination and photographing this lovely little animal.
Cropping, minor adjustments to contrast, brightness, and sharpness.
Olympus FE-340 8.0 mp/5X optical zoom digital "point and shoot" camera