Hocus Pocus, the first crocus
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; 180 mm, 1/25s at F3.5 and ISO100
Two weeks ago, I discovered in the city a public garden full of crocuses; due to the warm weather the flowers were out but not flowering. I doubted whether I should photograph them as they were growing in front of a supermarket. I didn’t like the thought photographing between people who are doing their shopping’s.
But, yesterday I faced my doubts, said ‘hello’ to a lot of people and explained the asking children what I was doing. The real challenge were not the passing people but to avoid lying down in dogshit or touching it......the amount of dogshit between the lovely crocuses was disgusting!
Canon 7D; beanbag; angle finder; remote release; 180 mm, 1/250s at F3.5 and ISO100
Last Sunday I visited the Strabrechtse Heide again. Entering the area I lost my orientation as it looked totally different than some days earlier. A huge bulldozer removed the fallen trees which blocked the footpaths and took down much more black trees. All the things I photographed a few days earlier were gone now……
Although Staatsbosbeheer is warning that the black trees can falling down, I climbed into the remaining small black wood. Sitting there alone and unseen I enjoyed the landscape and the noise of a woodpecker and I discovered that the two Ladybirds which I found earlier are just two out of hundreds…..
Absorbing the landscape I suddenly saw something really beautiful: a bouquet, given to me by mother nature: trametes versicolor.
Portfolio -> Strabrechtse Heide
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; 180 mm, 0.6s at F22 and ISO100
Although the weather was not really inviting for a photographic trip, I returned to the Strabrechtse Heide a few days ago. I was surprised by the tremendous amount of mushrooms and the decay of the remaining black trees. On many of the black trunks the bark was damaged or gone. Due to the strong wind of the past week a lot of trees have fallen down and blocking the footpaths.
When I was lying on the ground photographing some mushroom growing in the black earth I noticed a red spot. I was surprised (as it is winter) that it was a Ladybird, resting or hiding from the wind between the massive black bark. I also found a spider (which unfortunately ran away), a second Ladybird resting on a rusty can and some flowering Heather…..it’s crazy!
Photographing Ladybirds is always a challenge as their shield shines and reflecting everything; they ‘re like a little mirror. So please smile when photographing a belle Coccinelle!
Portfolio -> Strabrechtse Heide
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; 180 mm, 1s at F13 and ISO100
Today my patience was gone. Although it was (still is) stormy weather I went out and it was really stunning. My tripod blew almost twice into the water and my lense (which is heavy) was shaking all the time. Also due to the strong wind my eyes were tearing so it was impossible to see anything sharp.
But....I loved it to be out in this weather!
The creek and even the flood plains are flow over; fortunately the Highland Cattle is gone as they need dry sleeping places. For a few seconds the sun came and transformed the landscape from pale into colourful.
It's amazing that such a little creek can change into a wild and big stream.
More flood pictures are added Portfolio -> Kleine Beerze.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.