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Clench's middle-toothed land snail or mission creek oregonian, Mesodon clenchi, is a species of snail in the family Polygyridae. It is endemic to the state of Arkansas, United States. Its natural habitat is rocky areas. This snail species is threatened by gangs of bullying whelks.

 

 

 

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Clench's middle-toothed land snail or mission creek oregonian, Mesodon clenchi, is a species of snail in the family Polygyridae. It is endemic to the state of Arkansas, United States. Its natural habitat is rocky areas. This snail species is threatened by gangs of bullying whelks.

 

 

 

comments (17)

  • Ada
  • Candy hills and strawberry fields
  • 22 Oct 2008, 03:11
wow..that's a very tiny train.
Chris: bUt a very powerful one Ada!
I remember this engine. I have a picture or two of it!
Chris: So you've been there! As you know - there are quite a number of these, all slightly different, but they are the real thing alright
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 22 Oct 2008, 07:44
What a cute little train. Love the colours.
Chris: Gorgeous isn't it Aussie
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Oct 2008, 08:07
A nice tiny steam locomotive indeed, reminding of the great railway times, a "Hurricane, a powerful British steam locomotive which hauled members of the British Royal Family during a 1950s visit to the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway" (google)-sorry, and reminding me personally of my brother's first so beloved West-German toy-railway -- not "the snorting monster- with a blast of air, a cloud of dust and steam and smoke- a mad uproar filled the welkin, the tracks curved, the earth shook" (from one the most beautiful -tragic though- railway stories, written by G. Hauptmann, Flagman Thiel, translated on internet)!
Thank you for the Clench snail- information (and thank you for the mailing of the interesting last Sebald-interview, too- we 'll read the novel "Austerlitz"!)
Chris: Although this is a scaled-down version of the real thing this engine is a very powerful beast indeed Philine. When I came across the piece about Sebald I wondered if you had seen it before
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Oct 2008, 11:43
It's not the train thats small, the bloke is so so tall.grin
I love to eat snails Chrissmile
Chris: Snails & galic washed down with a crisp white wine. Oh yes!!
  • FLOOG
  • The Utopia of my heart
  • 22 Oct 2008, 12:09
I saw a programme on the TV about those very same gangs of troublesome whelks, bullying the other shellfish. One family of Cornish lesser spotted sponge snails were literally in tears (no mean feat when they are immersed in water), and had to have their identities masked before appearing on camera! They were seriously looking at being relocated around the coast.

A fine picture from land of the giants, where the geezer is so tall, he towers over the locomotive and is almost s tall as a house
Chris: He's the biggest guy in Kent FLOOGY: he bestrides the Romney Marshes like a Colossus!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 22 Oct 2008, 12:36
I had Snail for lunch Sunday.Chris is the train made to scale,I now understand the narrow guage,of previous photos.
Chris: I think it's one third scale Vintage
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 22 Oct 2008, 16:19
LOL, I have been away too long. The connection between snails and miniature trains is lost on me today sad
Chris: Don't worry Martin: all is not lost. My pictures this week are of a charming little minature railway in the south of England. The rest of it is simply researching the word 'Clench' in respect & deferrence to Lord Droitwich - who incidentally is about to lose his seasonal job at the Clent (Clench) Hills. Poor old thing...
Is this Edward the blue engine from the Thomas the tank engine series. richard
Chris: I suppose it does look very much like it Richard: the were all modelled on the LNER Pacifics
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Oct 2008, 17:22
I stand (or sit) vindicated, felt there was something odd about the scale. Yeah!!! Well that's enough about me ;o)

Do you tinker with the trains or are you just allowed to photograph them? The slightly surreal aspect appeals to me.
Chris: These are all scaled-down versions of the real thing: the line runs for over ten miles. There was no health & safety anywhere when I went in the summer - you could walk anywhere!
I like this one very much.
Chris: Thank you Albert
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Oct 2008, 19:44
Ondersteun uw gezondheid, je hebt hier wel veel plezier mee, niet waar Chris, hoe krijg jij al die foto's onder die origenele foto, dat zou ik graag willen weten.
Prachtige miniatuur-trein, ben je nog voor een ritje meegeweest??
Weet jij dat slakken snot goed is voor een zachte huid??

Hartelijke groeten,
Astrid, je weet wel die van die lunch van vorige week......gringringrin
Chris: If only you knew how funny the translation of this is into English Astrid! All I am doing to add extra pictures onto my website is to copy them from somewhere else and simply paste them onto the blog after having pressed Edit. This is a minature railway in Kent: great fun to ride on!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Oct 2008, 20:25
I know the translation is FUN, that's why I did it.....now the real thing: Support your health, you must have lots of fun with this, don't you Chris, how do you get all of those pictures beneath the original picture, that is what I like to know.
Beautiful miniature-train, have you been for a ride.
Do you know that snail snotty is very good for a soft skin??
Warmest regards
Astrid, you know, the one of that lunch last week...gringringrin

Thanks Chris I will give it a try.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Oct 2008, 20:26
I know the translation is FUN, that's why I did it.....now the real thing: Support your health, you must have lots of fun with this, don't you Chris, how do you get all of those pictures beneath the original picture, that is what I like to know.
Beautiful miniature-train, have you been for a ride.
Do you know that snail snotty is very good for a soft skin??
Warmest regards
Astrid, you know, the one of that lunch last week...gringringrin

Thanks Chris I will give it a try.
Chris: Have no fear Astrid my friend: I shall not forget you in a hurry!

What about slugs. If I bathed in a tub of them would my skin be soft to the touch?
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Oct 2008, 21:17
It has to be either a very small train or a very big person!
Chris: I think this might actually be a combination of the two Ellie
  • Kavita
  • Suriname
  • 22 Oct 2008, 23:51
in action! Lovely shot, Chris and I love the pics below too!

Btw, do u speak dutch?
Chris: Thank you Kavita: I'm glad you enjoy these things. My mischevious friend Astrid (who is Dutch) is making me put her text into a translating machine before I can understand what she is saying!
Shades of Tornado Chris, just a few sizes smaller.

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