So I am back from a killer vacation visiting family and friends outside Stockholm, Sweden. No blogging has been done in over three weeks. Very few "nature" pictures have been taken and no thinking about blogging has been done. It's been a complete break. Partially due to lack of quality computer access and partially due to vacation activities.
My nearly sickly need for constant updates by myself and others has disappeared.
I almost feel as if it would be okay if I didn't put another post up - ever.
But only almost.
Because I wanted to show you a couple of the very few "non-vacation" pictures that I took.
It's the killer snail, Arion vulgaris, here pictured on my parent's deck eating a flower. Pardon the blurriness on the bottom picture.
This highly invasive snail, native to Spain and France, first appeared in Sweden in the 1970s and has been wreaking havoc on gardens since. My mom has been complaining about them for years, and this summer I actually understood why. At dusk, they appear by the dozen and feed on the garden. Soon thereafter, my mom gets her scissors (that during summer time hang permanently by a clematis just for this one purpose) and starts cutting their heads off.
Snip, snip, snip!
Just like that.