I took the shots of the snail a couple of months ago. The colour and patterns of the banded spiral shell were particularly striking, especially against the vibrant green of the hydrangea leaf that it was sitting on. I think, after a little rudimentary research on the internet, that it’s a White-lipped Banded Snail…..but if anyone knows any different then please feel free to let me know.
My wife noticed the frog last weekend. It was nestling in a black bin bag just outside our back door and was therefore too good an opportunity to miss. I have to say he/she (sorry I have no idea about the “sexing” of frogs) was an excellent model and didn’t seem to mind at all that I was within a few inches snapping away with my camera. I’m fairly confident that this is a Common Frog, but again please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
All these shots were taken in natural light using my excellent Canon macro lens – the EF 100mm F2.8 L IS USM. For the shots of the snail I had the camera locked off on a tripod. Those of the frog were taken hand-held, which is where the hybrid IS on this particular lens comes in very useful.
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