Sunday, May 2, 2010

Wexford Sights (XI)



It's a sure sign of summer when the dunes of the local beach become overrun with millions of snails, chowin' down on the plants and the prodigious quantities of rabbit droppings that litter the area (the snail in the second picture can be seen heading for one). I apologise for the fact that the third picture is slightly out of focus (always a risk with a macro lens), but I like the unexpected appearance of the ant. Above is a photo of our hound rolling vigorously on what I later discovered, by the appalling stench off of his fur, was horse manure. Asked if he had ever listened to Stockhausen, Sir Thomas Beecham replied, "No, but I once trod in some." So here's a fine piece of music to accompany both the beautiful snail shells and my dog rolling in some Sir Thomas Beecham (sorry, I couldn't resist...)

8 comments:

Stan said...

Gorgeous snail photos! A love of spirals must be a universal human trait, I think.

Did the Doubtful Hound seek out the dung, or did it just happen to lie where he went rolling?

Thanks for the Stockhausen. Some of his sounds appeal more than others, but they're almost always interesting. This sounds like a blend of Harry Partch and Aphex Twin.

A Doubtful Egg said...

A love of spirals is certainly an obsession with the Celtic mind! They seem to suggest movement and infinity (i.e. spiralling forever inwards, while at the same time being entirely static).
The hound definitely seeks it out! I can always tell when he's found something truly disgusting (like manure or a dead rat) by the enthusiasm with which he rolls in it...
Glad you like the Stockhausen. I hadn't heard this piece before, but I like it a lot.

jams o donnell said...

Those snails are utter beauties, I wish our garden snails were as attractive

A Doubtful Egg said...

I'm not sure if they're a particular variety that's indigenous to sand dunes, but they are delightful. Some look as if their shells were hand-painted!

Claudia said...

I never thought of snails as being inspiring but yours are so colourful and individualistic. Great photos!

I laugh whenever I see your hound. He has a strong personality...

I'm not sure about Stockhausen. A bit too scratchy at times!

A Doubtful Egg said...

As I said above, I think these must be indigenous to the sand dunes; I haven't seen them around elsewhere, or in such huge numbers! We get a lot of slugs in our garden, though! Slugs have no redeeming features...
I'm glad our hound makes you chuckle! He's a very dominant, feisty hound, but without any aggression or malice. We love him, even if he drives us crazy sometimes...
I'm the first to admit that Stockhausen isn't for everyone, but I loathe Beecham's dismissive attitude (and he comes across as an very unpleasant individual in anything I've heard about him).

Sean Jeating said...

Strange are the ways of my thinking.
Your snails remind me of a Snail's Dream I found and still find fascinating.
Wonder if you'd like it, too, D.E..

As for Stockhausen:
There's but one part of his work I find slightly interesting - that he'd call the attack on the Pentagon and Woorld Trade Center 'the greatest work of art there has ever been.'
As for the rest:
I do find Rothko much more fascinating than Stockhausen.

A Doubtful Egg said...

He did cause a lot of waves with that particular comment!
Sadly, I'm too tired to appreciate the film you've recommended now, but I promise to watch it at some point tomorrow. Thanks for the recommendation, and I'll let you know what I think.