Today I just want to do a short post about a picture I uploaded to Flickr in the last week that’s been very popular. I took this photo during my two-day christmas vacation, where I went to Vienna. In Vienna I spent a day in the local zoo, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful zoos in the world. Besides the zoo itself,
there is also a Palmhouse and a Desert House, both built in the late 19th century for the Austrian emporer. In the Desert House they have mainly plants and some animals, even though those are free to roam the total expanses of the Desert House, so your chances of seeing most of those are pretty slim. The week after my vist they were scheduled to have an expo on snailshells in the Desert House and luckily, the shells they were showing were already in place.It was really interesting
because they had absolutely beautiful shells on display. Due to the Palmhouse I had brought my Macro lens, which came in handy to take photographs of the shells.
My absolute favorite is the one at the top. It looks more like an Easter egg than a shell to me but it is real! I didn’t take photos of the signs next to the shells back then because I didn’t know that it was just a short expo and not part of their regular showing and therefore not in the guide. Luckily, someone asked me in the comments section on Flickr, whether it belongs to the Liguus family. I did a quick goole search and I think I really found it! Apparently, it’s a Liguus virgineus and is only found on Hispanola. So very exotic indeed!