If you’re looking to try macro photography for the first time—or maybe you’re just ready for a change of pace—we humbly suggest you investigate the wonderful world of… snails.

Snails might not seem like the most exciting of photographic subjects. In fact, they may seem close to the least exciting. But don’t let their speed fool you: these curious little creatures can create magic in front of your lens if you’ll only wait a minute… or six.

The photographers behind the photos below were patient. Practicing the art of observation, they hunkered down, set up their gear, and let the snails, shall we say, “come out of their shell.” They reaped their rewards in magic:

Enchanted with these wonderful little creatures and want to see more? You can browse more magical photos of snails on 500px by clicking here.