Visit my Instagram profile

Snail trails on shed door

Location My back garden, England

When dismantling my old I shed, I held on to the door to photograph these snail trails on the algae. Or are they slug trails? I would lean towards snails because they seem to be a bit more arboreal than slugs, at least in my garden. I've seen snails up in my hazel tree, but the slugs don't seem to have such a head for heights. My brother was interested in having the old door for his back garden, to replace a gate that had been broken by foxes. When I told him I wanted to hang on to it for a bit to photograph the snail trails on it, his response was "Because that's a normal thing to want to do". Though I suspect he meant to insinuate the opposite.

I moved the door to the sunny part of my garden and now the algae has faded to a shadow of its former glory.

More details
  • Location My back garden, England
  • Date taken 27th November, 2022
  • Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Lens EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 75.0mm
  • Exposure details 0.6s at f/10, ISO 100
  • Keywords
    • Algae
    • Animal
    • Decay
    • Door
    • England
    • Gastropod
    • Green
    • Invertebrate
    • Kent
    • Mollusc
    • Mollusca
    • Orpington
    • Shed
    • Slime
    • Snail
    • Tracks
    • Trail
    • UK
    • United Kingdom
    • Wood