Vadim Trunov is a self-taught photographer, but you wouldn’t know it looking at his magnificent photos. Trunov lives in Voronezh, Russia where he spends much of his time taking photos of the up close and personal macro world of snails, insects, and mushrooms. He doesn’t just take a photo of these tiny creatures, he captures amazing little tales revolving around the largely ignored world that exists right beneath our noses.
Check out some of the award-winning photographer’s awesome images here.
You can tell this ladybug traveling over the back of a snail is fairly young because it has very dark spots. As a ladybug ages their spots fade.
Why hello there! I think this cute little green guy is totally smiling for the camera!
In order to get the perfect shot Trunov often resorts to moving and manipulating his subjects, but he is careful with their fragile bodies and so they never mind.
Snails are strong little suckers; in fact they can lift up to 10 times their own body weight.
There are thousands of different snail species in the world, and these highly adaptable creatures live in all different environments. Depending on where a snail lives they rely on a different assortment of foods including fruits, vegetables, algae, and plants. Snails will also eat dirt in order to get calcium to help thicken their shell.
Most snail species are herbivores, but a number of carnivores like to feast on innocent slugs such as hedgehogs, newts, toads, snakes and some birds.
Some snails eat mushrooms, hence why you often seen the cute little slugs climbing atop the fungi.
Snails are excellent climbers; they can scale steep buildings and very thin plants like it’s no big deal. Snails leave behind a trail of mucus everywhere that they go, it’s this lubricant that allows them to scoot across the ground, around rough edges and up a wall with ease. They will get there it just might take them a while to do so.
It’s no rumor that snails are among the slowest creatures on the planet. Snails top out at 50 yards per hour, that’s 1.3 cm per second. They might be slow but they sure are steady, and you know what they say… “Slow and steady wins the race!”
One rumor about snails that is certainly not true is that the mucus trail they leave behind is dangerous to humans, causing some to think snails actually contaminate a garden. While snails may eat your entire garden, they are not contaminating it with their slime.
Snails love to eat strawberries– then again, who doesn’t?!
Ladybugs are pretty and sweet, but they also know how to fight back. If you threaten a ladybug they leak a toxic and foul-smelling, yellow liquid from their knees. The trick helps deter predators who are turned off by the stinky, sticky, sickly-looking beetle. Even ladybug larvae can get in on the trick, they ooze alkaloids directly from the abdomen region.
Trunov doesn’t travel far to find these awesome sights; he admits most of his photographs are taken right near his home.
Talk about some wide eyes!
So many animals make use of the mushrooms, climbing up their stems and hanging out on their fungi flower.
Spiders are constantly building on and fixing their web, meaning they have to find ways to preserve their precious silk. They do so by eating their old web and then re-using it to spin something new.
Be sure and cheek out the hilariously nutty photos Trunov captured of his neighborhood squirrels!