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Snow Snail

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 4 May 2019 in Abstract & Conceptual.

We have always called these snow snails. They are made by natural snowball rolling down the bank. If a clump of snow falls on a steep slope, and the conditions are right, it will start to roll down, collecting more snow as it goes, and ends up looking a little like the curved shell of a snail, some more than others.

NIKON D5500 1/1250 second F/9.0 ISO 200 262 mm (35mm equiv.)

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Always amazing to see snow when it's spring here

4 May 2019 5:48am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Very artistic. Does look like a snail rolling down the hill.

4 May 2019 9:31am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Can be a problem when they get to the size of a house and keep on going :)

4 May 2019 9:32am

Marjolein from Enkhuizen, Netherlands

This snow snail goes much faster than a sand snail. :-))

4 May 2019 10:51am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

magnifique capture

4 May 2019 1:26pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Oh, you captured the lovely snail !!

4 May 2019 1:53pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Funny title but it certainly fits!

4 May 2019 3:12pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow...Superb !!

4 May 2019 5:15pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

A nice and well exposed image,

4 May 2019 5:54pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Superbe, mais ohhh le froid !...

4 May 2019 6:33pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

c'est une bonne recherche pour ce travail photographique

4 May 2019 7:20pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cool shot and interesting phenomenon.

4 May 2019 8:54pm

Rose from United States

That is about as cool as snow rollers....

4 May 2019 10:04pm

Donna from United States

I have never seen a snow snail before. Thank you.

4 May 2019 11:30pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

how cute

8 May 2019 5:57pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

New to me.

13 May 2019 9:58am

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

This one is amazing ;-)

15 May 2019 3:43am

1/1250 second
ISO 200
262 mm (35mm equiv.)