Thursday Doors this week has a touch of Spring Fever about it. Sorry if you’re not into nature but I couldn’t resist capturing all the new life that emerges at this time of year. So, as this is supposed to be a post about doors, let’s kick off with one.
I know it’s only a car door but look who’s behind it, looking like the top dog he is. Cautious as ever, he takes a few sniffs to check out the territory.
There was so much evidence of new growth, it was hard not to stop at every cluster of flowers and foliage but Mr. R. was here for a spot of exercise and was not inclined to admire every little blossom and bud. I had a good workout catching up with him, though – so did The Gaffer, who wanted to pee on every little blossom and bud.
Walking along the lake shore we came across something we have never seen on such a massive scale – thousands of dead snails lining the pathway. We’ve seen snail shells on shores before (that’s a bit of a tongue-twister) but usually they are clustered here and there.
To put my mind at rest, so to speak, I looked up what could have caused such a catastrophe in the world of shelled gastropods (Google to the rescue). Well, we can blame our lovely weather last summer, in a roundabout way. When conditions are favourable, water snails breed prolifically and so, when they live out their lifespan, they die prolifically too. Last year we had a prolific amount of sunshine in Ireland. Most wildlife deaths are hidden, as they decompose or get eaten by other creatures. Water snails have hard shells that float and can end up carpeting the shoreline – not half as pretty as that carpet of bluebells we had just passed by.
I hope you enjoyed our lakeside stroll this week, thanks so much for your company. There are lots of interesting Thursday Doors over on Norm’s blog, with links in the comments at the end of his post.