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.

The diary of how Kieran, 6, held his family together until that special homecoming

Little boy who held the fort while Daddy went to war: The diary of how Kieran, 6, held his family together until that special homecoming Thousands of soldiers are returning from active service in Afghanistan | UPDATED: 22:50 GMT, 6 December 2012 As the countdown to Christmas begins, thousands of brave soldiers are returning from active service in Afghanistan to enjoy tender reunions with their loved ones.