I just finished a terrific photography workshop with Brenda Tharp, an inspiring and talented professional photographer from California. Practicing the art of seeing is a central theme in Brenda’s presentations.

During our photo shoot, I wandered the gardens looking for a creative spark and came upon this Sago Palm with its wild center. I found this busy plant difficult to capture as a whole and wasn’t thrilled with the results.

However, as I stood there looking, pondering and trying to see a composition,  I noticed this little snail amidst the tangles and composed these close-up shots. If you look closely, you can you see him at the top center waiting for his close-up.  



“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”~John Lubbuck 


Someone is Hiding, Sago Palm Center

Someone is Hiding, Sago Palm Center


“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~Confucius



It's A Snail's World

 A Snail’s World After All



 “Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.”~ Bill Cosby



Hold Tight and Chew

Hold Tight and Chew



“Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being photographer” ~Walter De Mulder



Categories: Animals, Flowers, Plants and Trees, Macro, Nature, Photography, WildlifeTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Just fantastic, what a wonderful find! : )

  2. Oh my goodness! That snail — Now we can have a chance to ‘see’ too, with your help of capturing such fabulous details & sharing them here -Thank you thank you! dsupple

  3. Love the photos! You are amazing! And the quotes. You will see a few of these as my Life Lesson of the Day coming up… 🙂

  4. And there you go, wow this is incredible and prove’s worthy of your search! Fantastic photography.

  5. Very nice! I love to look closely at things. I always discover much better shot opportunities. This reminds me of a great quote:
    “There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown and those who do not see.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

  6. Jane, capturing the snail taking refuge in the Saga Palm and having a meal is so unique, and what a surprise upon discovery. You have a great eye and this was beautifully done!

  7. I love the quotes in this post!

  8. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”…wonderful.

  9. Very cool photos. Wonderful shots.

  10. Wow! We didn’t get the shot of him chowing down on the Sago! That’s soooooo awesome! Was that your macro lens? Thank you for staying to watch mine also 🙂 Mary Lynn

    • Hi Mary Lynn, I used my 70-200mm at 200mm f/2.8. I almost put that one in for the critique- I thought it was comical how he was grabbing his dinner! Such fun to see the submissions together. Great to see you- loved your images. Thank you!

  11. A lovely mix of image and words. A double whammy for the senses.

  12. I echo April’s replay and so beautiful! K

  13. Isn’t that the wonderful thing about photography? You see so we can see; loved the middle shot best. Thank you.

  14. These are wonderful. I especially like the second one.

  15. this is absolutely magnificant that something soooo tiny could be sooo powerful……u truly do have a very talented eye….thanks for sharing!!

  16. Began loving the sago in TX. So glad they flourish here. Getting ready to add another. The snail adds another amazing dimension.
    Thanks for sharing your seeing!

  17. That particular palm never ceases to amaze

  18. Excellent! 🙂
    Learning to see is a challenge for all of us – some more than others! I teach a “Basic Photography Course” and the first week’s assignment is designed to help them “see” photographs that previously they would have passed without noticing…
    Love the snail!

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