At a campground not far from Crown Point, I was searching for mushrooms to photograph. Not to eat even if they are hallucinogenic types, because my luck it would be poisonous ones.
I spied this rare Leopard Slug and took its candid.
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lousat (91950) 2014-08-05 6:40
Hi Ray,a very interesting post,perfect for treknature too! A great capture of this very lucky meeting with this slug that i never seen before,Very impressive detail everywhere and the best point of view to show us its very original design,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
ourania (46192) 2014-08-05 9:43
I had never seen a slug like this before, didn't know that a species like this existed. You took an excellent portrait of it and it's interesting how it extends across the panoramic frame and almost fills it. The use of the flash was great, the colours are bright, the ground is a detailed and attractive backdrop and the texture of the slug has been brought out effectively:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Noel_Byrne (31414) 2014-08-05 11:38
Easy to e where he got his name, the markings are very cool. I don't know how big these are but from your photo it seems fairly substantial. He stands out well in how you have lit him here, but I would imagine this color also creates great camouflage on the forest floor.
And despite his very cool markings, he still manages to retain that wonderful slimy ick look that these creatures are so well loved for, haha.
Periko (5332) 2014-08-05 21:19
First time I see a specimen like this one. Interesting.
jhm (153656) 2014-08-06 4:30
You know that every mushrooms are edible, but sometimes but one time! (joke)
These picture has you a lot time and must you not quick photographing
Sharpness and clarity make your picture very attractive.
Nice photo job, TFS.
tyro (25282) 2014-08-06 15:20
Picking mushrooms to eat is a bit like Russian roulette unless you really know what you're doing.
I have to say that my first impression on seeing this slug was "Yuk" but, actually, having looked at it for a while, it really is quite beautiful, what with its lovely caramel colouring with darker spots and a lovely sheen to its form which you have captured perfectly in this picture. The light is good, the colours excellent and the details and sharpness superb. It looks as though you have used flash for this and, if so, it has been used very subtly and expertly.
And, talking about eating things which you find, the French eat snails which, I guess, are just slugs which don't carry their houses around with them.
emka (98664) 2014-08-06 22:42
Hello Ray, Maybe it is rare, and it doesn't look bad, well it is quite nice, but I hate slugs. They have eaten my flowers in my garden. To get rid of them, i make the traps with beer. They are alkoholics :).
WArm regrads from hot Warsaw
serp2000 (44333) 2014-08-07 2:22
I have never seen so big snail... Is it a mutant? Oh, no I see your note. Just impressive size and colors for an insect. Another interesting photo from Oregon.
annjackman (21899) 2014-08-07 23:48
It may be rare but still not very likeable! Slugs are one animal that I hate being in my garden. However, a superbly sharp picture of this one with its very clear markings. Very well photographed in its natural environment.
Kind Regards, Ann
PaulVDV (29143) 2014-08-20 11:58
Very beautiful capture.
Honestly I have never heard of a Leopard Slug.
Are there also Tiger Slugs ? Or perhaps Zebra Snails ?
How wonderful the world of animals can be.
Best regards, Paul