Taking shelter from the storm: Photographs capture snail sitting on a leaf under what impromptu umbrella

Shelter from the storm: Photographs capture snail sitting on a leaf underneath an impromptu umbrella Pictures taken by amateur photographer Vyacheslav Mischenko in UkraineHe said the shots bear a resemblance to Monet's Woman With a Parasol By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:49 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:50 GMT, 18 February 2013 They are not known as one of the world's prettiest creatures – but this snail is clearly more image-conscious, posing atop a leaf under a makeshift umbrella. The beautiful images capture the creature below a dew-covered flower, suggesting that it is not as fond of the rain as most snails, who normally flourish in damp conditions.

Anthony Stubbs: Teenage mother breaks down as she shows off baby in bid to persuade missing father home

Teenage mother breaks down in tears as she shows off baby in bid to persuade missing 16-year-old father to come home Anthony Stubbs disappeared on November 25 – just after baby Lily was bornCharlotte Mason sobbed at press conference today as she held their child Teenager has not been seen at all and his bank account is untouched | UPDATED: 01:44 GMT, 1 January 2013 The girlfriend of a school prefect who disappeared weeks after becoming a father broke down in tears yesterday as she showed off their baby in an attempt to persuade him to come home.

We know she is dying, but we still believe in miracles: Heartbreaking story of a little girl"s last Christmas- and the amazing courage of parents…

We know she is dying, but we still believe in miracles: Heartbreaking story of a little girl's last Christmas- and the amazing courage of parents determined to fight brain tumour that is killing her Parents of Amelia Saunders, 4, hope her story will inspire people to donate money to brain tumour research Parents said they sympathise with Sally Roberts, mother of Neon, 7Amelia's tumour is inoperable and medical trials in the U.S failed to help By Emily Hill PUBLISHED: 22:31 GMT, 29 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:32 GMT, 29 December 2012 Little star: Four-year-old Amelia Saunders has an inoperable brain tumour. After spending a heartbreaking last Christmas with her family, Amelia's parents hope her story can inspire people to donate to brain tumour research Four-year-old Amelia is a firm believer in fairy tales. Her parents Richard and Chantal Saunders believe in miracles, too.

Bulgaria"s bizarre "advert" to tax exile Gerard Depardieu

We have cheap alcohol, concrete beach resorts and experienced prostitutes': Bulgaria’s bizarre ‘advert’ to tax exile Gerard Depardieu Letter sent to French stars from Bulgarian policy centreClaims payment of taxes is 'optional' and there is 'possibility to drain as much as you wish from the tax system'Depardieu and Bernard Arnault are the latest in a flood of super-rich French fleeing President Francois Hollande's socialist tax rises | UPDATED: 18:36 GMT, 27 December 2012 Bulgaria has invited French tax exiles Gerard Depardieu and Bernard Arnault to become Bulgarian citizens with the promise of 'cheap alcohol, concrete beach resorts and experienced prostitutes'. The cheeky letter from Bulgaria's Demographic Policy Centre was sent to the famous film star and France's richest man as a protest against the mass emigration from the cash-strapped eastern European state. Depardieu, 64, and Arnault, 63, both recently announced they were fleeing to Belgium to dodge France's new massive tax hike on the rich of 75 per cent on all earnings over one million euros

First Christmas with his girls for father wrongly jailed for child cruelty

First Christmas with his girls for father wrongly jailed for child crueltyFamily broken up in 2007 when Ben Butler was accused of abusing child Ellie Mr Butler was forced to share jail cell with a convicted child abuserParents say reuniting with kids is like 'suddenly having grown up twins'The girls and their parents are enjoying their first Christmas as 'a proper family' | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 24 December 2012 With their two smiling daughters cuddled up on his knee and his loving partner by his side, Ben Butler looks every inch the contented father. But such scenes of simple domestic bliss are a new experience for all of them – after the family was ripped apart when he was wrongly jailed for child cruelty. It took three years to clear his name and two more for he and the girls' mother Jennie Gray to win back Ellie and Isabella after a series of legal battles.

Ladybird is the star of dewy photo shoot: Amateur snapper captures close-ups of bugs in his back garden

Ladybird is the star of dewy photo shoot: Amateur snapper captures close-ups of bugs in his back garden | UPDATED: 08:32 GMT, 17 December 2012 A dew-covered ladybird on an sunrise stroll, a curious grasshopper and a nifty spider were all captured mid-morning routine in one photographer's back garden. A group of ladybirds braved the early hour to explore flowers and shoots in Cadiz, southern Spain. Not to be outdone for the spotlight was a jumping spider, spotted striding across a garden with a drop of water balancing on its head.

UK weather: Rivers are frozen solid… but they"ll be running again by the weekend

Rivers are frozen solid… but they'll be running again by the weekend as warmer weather (and the rain, unfortunately) returns Gale force winds will reach speeds of up to 60mph at exposed southern coasts and high groundSunny spells and rain will reach the UK by the weekendTemperatures expected to reach up to 11C tomorrow in the southThermometer will hover around 2C and 4C today for large parts of the country | UPDATED: 16:30 GMT, 13 December 2012 A thick sparkling frost coated much of the UK today, leaving many places cold but with a winter wonderland look.

"Frozen waves" of blue ice photographed by Tony Travouillon

The 'frozen wave': Stunning 50ft blue ice monolith captured in the AntarcticDramatic images appear to show a frozen wave but the phenomenon is actually caused by compressed ice The ice appears blue because it absorbs light from the 'red end' of the spectrum and throws out the blue light | UPDATED: 19:07 GMT, 26 November 2012 At first glance these beautiful images from the Antarctic appear to show 50-ft tall waves that have been instantly frozen as they break. Some people have posted the pictures online, taken by scientist Tony Travouillon at Dumont D'Urville, with a description claiming they are a tsunami wave which was frozen.