When we first moved to San Clemente, Ecuador Mary and I were constantly collecting sea shells. Mary was using them in three-dimensional pictures and to decorate our home.
One afternoon, I noticed a small conch type shell near the gate coming into our apartment area about two blocks up from the ocean. I thought that was unique and picked it up. The shell was light and the sides seemed to be thinner than any other sea shell we had collected. Later that day, I noticed several more of the “sea-shells” creeping across the path and discovered they were actually snails.
As you can see from the above picture the snails have a spiral shell mostly brown and yellow in color.
What you can not tell from the picture is the size of these snails. Mary spotted one this morning, so I went out to get a picture and brought along a standard sized lighter to use for size reference. I put the snail onto a stool and took the following shots to show approximate size.
The snail initially withdrew into its shell, but eventually got curious and scoped out the lighter. He probably thought it was one of our juicy plants and wanted to eat it.
The title of this post might be a bit deceiving. Maybe beautiful is the wrong adjective to describe this face.
Just for fun, while I had the lighter outside, I thought I would use it to show relative size of another decidedly un-beautiful thing that we see on our patio and around the garden each morning.
When I see dropping like this around our plants or on the patio, I know that a large lizard or iguana has visited in the night.
So, while it is true that perhaps not everything in Ecuador is beautiful, it is all interesting and testifies to the diversity of life here in our new home.
Life is good in Ecuador.