As you can see here, I was finding lots of Moonsnails on a recent walk into Totman Cove. Among those shells, was one that had a live animal inside, but the others were empty and several had been cannibalized by the same snail. I resorted to using Razor Clam shells that also thrive in this area. Moonsnails are the ones that drill holes in clams and other snails to get to their soft parts. I have never found evidence of their drilling into Razor Clams, though once I did find a Moonsnail's foot wrapped around a live Razor Clam. So, you never know.

Most of my time these days is spent in the woodlands where each day seems to produce more beautiful bloomers. Now, the Pink Ladyslippers are in center stage. These are some of our native orchids. They attract insects that sometime get caught in that "bag" at the bottom. The plant isn't able to absorb that protein, but maybe someday they may be considered insectivorous.

Here is another exciting find that has recently emerged and is sharing its bloom. Though this plant is called, Jack in the Pulpit, it also may be a "Jill in the Pulpit" since they are known to change genders under certain circumstances. If you try to transplant the Jill, it will become a Jack and not produce a fruit. Incidentally, one should never try to transplant a Ladyslipper since their survival is tied to a hidden fungus that may not be available in a different location. Its flower, incidentally, has all the makings of seeds, but does not often successfully produce a seed capsule.

So, from Moons to Ladyslippers and jack or jills.......these have been the highlights of my week in Maine. 5/15/10 Ronnie on a binge.