Kip’s Comments 6-5-20

Snail Shell - Image 638178 (© Kip Ladage)


Whew Did That Stink and Still Does

This morning I enjoyed a quiet day of paddling at Sweet Marsh. Winds were calm, the water was nearly smooth, and other than aquatic vegetation to work through, the process was nearly effortless. That was my kind of an “on the water” outing!         

On the enjoyable, pretty spectrum of the paddling experience were the blue flag iris blossoms. Their bright colors are found in a few places in the same area where warblers are nesting. Apparently the blue flags are putting out ample attractants to pollinators. Bees and flies were making frequent stops to the blossoms as I watched them.   

Blue Flag (Iris): 

Blue Flag Iris - Image 638070 (© Kip Ladage)

Blue Flag Iris – Image 638070 (© Kip Ladage)


There was one detail from the water trip that continues to haunt me. As I paddled I noticed many snail shells floating in the water (not unusual). Being a curious fellow, I picked one up one of the shells as I paddled past it. Of course I had to study it closely. As I rotated the shell, the “plug” holding the decaying creature inside the shell dropped out. That allowed the rotting contents to fall on my shorts, my legs, and my hands. The odor was awful and continues to be just putrid. I have tried soap and water, alcohol, and lemon juice to rid my skin of the smell of putrification. So far, nothing is working. Needless to say, it is a good thing close contacts are off limits or I could easily make many of you stink too with just a handshake!         

Snail Shell: 

Snail Shell - Image 638178 (© Kip Ladage)

Snail Shell – Image 638178 (© Kip Ladage)


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