A Snail and its Bouquet

I just returned from a few days in and around the Soča River Valley in Slovenia’s far western reaches, one of the most beautiful areas of the country, where, among other things, I hunted for the area’s early July wildflowers. You may know of the Soča by its Italian name, the Isonzo, which in turn lent its name to a dozen especially brutal battles during World War I which took the lives of more than 300,000 troops from both the Austria-Hungary and Italian sides. A different kind of hunting.

One trail we hiked today followed the river along its eastern side; to take a break from looking down at the river’s spectacular emerald green hues, I looked up hill for bit, where I spotted this snail hanging out with a fresh bouquet of what I believe are Aster Bellidiastrum, or false asters, which here in Slovenia are known as Marjetičasta nebina.

The full image is below; a fuller wildflower field guide notebook to follow next week. Enjoy.

Aster Bellidiastrum, or false asters, or Marjeticasta nebina


For the record: Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 917th straight, was snapped along the Soča River near Kobarid, Slovenia, on 08 July 2016.




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  1. jacquelineobyikocha says

    This is beautiful.

  2. retrainthebrainweb says


  3. Manja Mexi Movie says

    😮 Marjetičasta nebina! First time I hear this. Good to be educated. When I took my Italians to see Soča, I’d described it beforehand in all its blue-green-azure beauty, but when we arrived to Most na Soči, it was the greyest grey one can imagine. It was just not the day. We shall return. I remember rafting a part of it in an old rubber army boat, four of us, and jumping in and drinking it whenever we desired. I brought a bottle of it home and wrote “Soča” on the bottle. Excellent times. Lovely capture.

    1. Bob R says

      It >is< cold, isn't it? 🙂

      1. Manja Mexi Movie says

        Well, yes, it is the “clear daughter of the mountains” after all, if you ask Simon Gregorčič who wrote an ode to it. 🙂

  4. paula graham says

    Oh Bless this much maligned creature, so beautiful and special.

  5. Moon says

    Beautiful capture!

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