Feeling Sluggish?

Slug in the road

Happy New Year everyone!

Feeling a bit sluggish after the holiday fun? Well, you have nothing on this fellow. I found him in the middle of Wilderness Lane, an infrequently traveled road which gives this slug a better chance to reach the other side. It made me think of the many people emerging from the “holidaze,” just trying to reach the other side. Sending them, and everyone, best wishes for the new year. In the immortal words of John Lennon, “Let’s hope its a good one/Without any tears.” ❧

Image #273 – The Slug

Image #273

Too often in our violent society the term “slug” conjures images of spent bullets and CSI discoveries. But there is an entire universe of living slugs that prove the bane of some gardeners and a treat for some photographers. This fellow was enjoying a meal in the cold, dark woods of California’s North Coast.  According to Wikipedia, “Slug is a common name for an apparently shell-less terrestrial gastropod mollusc.”   There are many different kinds but all have the distinctive head with four antennae-like protrusions. The top set are the slug’s “eyes” while the bottom set serve as olfactory tools. All four can be retracted and regrown. ❧

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