Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

September 2, 2010

Critters of Hills Beach

Filed under: Travel — Karma @ 6:18 pm
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I’m still not done with Maine posts!  I hope you aren’t tired of them yet!

On my morning walks, I encountered a lot of interesting creatures that I don’t often get to photograph at home.  My older daughter has shown some interest in marine biology; perhaps a bit of it is genetic as I always find myself poking at shellfish and crustaceans when I am at the shore.

small snail with trail

Just a common little snail here, but I liked how the antennae were visible as well as the trail it had made behind it.

big snail

I disturbed this larger snail when I saw it nestled in the mud; I wanted to know if it was another live snail or just an empty shell.  As you can see it turned out to be live, and it worked to pull itself back into its shell.  I was afraid I had unearthed a treat for the near-by sea gulls, but something happened to disturb the birds from the meal they were most definitely eyeballing…


I learned from Rebecca that this happy goldendoodle’s name is Sam.  He seemed to smile as he romped and chased the birds my husband oh-so-affectionately refers to as “dump chickens.”

big live clam

Here is another jumbo-sized shelled critter that I stumbled upon.  I’m so used to finding only empty shells on the beach, these big, live squishy-bodied creatures took me by surprise.  I picked this one up so you could have a better idea about its size.

hermit crab

The hermit crabs, though numerous, refused to poke out of their scavenged shells unless they were in the water; hence this not-as-clear shot taken in the water.

Mad chipmunk

While a chipmunk is certainly a photo that I could have taken at home, this guy ( or gal, I don’t know!) seemed to be having a very heated discussion with an unseen adversary.  It continued to “buck buck buck chit chit chit” as I took its picture.  It is resting upon a stone wall along the sea, bordering Hills Beach Road.  Maybe it was chattering at this guy…
Lobsta mailbox


  1. Gee these pictures are great. I love them all. I noticed that there is a little jellyfish with the snail in the first picture.

    Comment by Patricia Weldon — September 2, 2010 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

    • Jellyfish, Mom? Whereabouts? I don’t see it nor remember seeing one. There’s a reflection of the snail – I don’t know if that could be mistaken for a jellyfish! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — September 2, 2010 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  2. I always enjoy this kind of post. A sound theme, close observation, well-chosen examples, demonstrations of cause and effect, and a bright red lobster mailbox! What’s not to like?

    Comment by Gerry — September 2, 2010 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

    • LOL Gerry! I just had to find a way to get the lobster mailbox in! 😉

      Comment by Karma — September 2, 2010 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  3. You really make me wish I could go to the beach and take some pictures!
    That snail in the first pic is kinda cute, and so is the chipmunk. Love the mailbox 🙂

    Comment by thedailyclick — September 2, 2010 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. Where is the closest beach for you? How far is the Gulf of Mexico? Are beaches open in that area post-oil spill?

      Comment by Karma — September 2, 2010 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  4. Great photos! And no I am not sick of your Maine pics nor will I ever be! I’m hoping to continue my Maine Monday theme for quite a while.


    Comment by Becky Sue — September 2, 2010 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! It is strange that we can’t make that name link work for you. I’m glad you put your link in the comment though. I linked to you under the Sam picture too! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — September 2, 2010 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

  5. Your photography seems to be getting better and clearer all the time. What a great photographer you are becoming! I love your Maine pictures and think your vacation must have been special. The common little snail and the chipmunk are speaking to me this morning.

    Comment by Kathy — September 3, 2010 @ 10:56 am | Reply

    • Thank you so much, Kathy! I give the credit to my Canon Rebel and patient advice from a variety of wonderful bloggers for any photography improvement I may be showing. So what did the snail and the chipmunk have to say? 😉

      Comment by Karma — September 3, 2010 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

      • You make me want to buy a new camera every time I visit over here. The snail said, “I am patient and persistent” and the chipmunk said, “Hey, doncha love this rock I’m on?” LOL!

        Comment by Kathy — September 4, 2010 @ 11:23 am

  6. The last one cracked me up. lol!

    Great captures, all of them. I’m not at all sick of your pictures from Maine. Bring ’em on. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — September 3, 2010 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

    • The mailbox cracked me up too! Glad to hear you are not sick of Maine – I think I have 2 or 3 more Maine posts stumbling around in my head.

      Comment by Karma — September 3, 2010 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  7. I truly enjoyed our walk down the beach! 🙂 Great capture of the chipmunk in mid-chit!

    Comment by milkayphoto — September 3, 2010 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

    • Somehow, I had a feeling you might like the chipmunk picture, Tracy! 😉

      Comment by Karma — September 3, 2010 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

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