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.

Incredible close-up pictures of ice captured in minute detail on the streets of Moscow

Freeze frame: Incredible close-up pictures of ice captured in minute detail on the streets of MoscowThey were taken by Russian photographer Andrew Osokin in MoscowHe braved the cold using Nikon D-80 and D-90 cameras and special lensesHe doesn't use a studio, just takes pictures of what he sees while walking | UPDATED: 19:10 GMT, 20 December 2012 These spell-binding pictures bring a whole new meaning to the term freeze frame. They look like painstakingly carved ice art that even the most experienced sculptors would be proud of