Le Carnaval des Animaux - Le Cygne
Sometimes it's funny how things come together! This week, I visited an evening about Camille Saint-Saëns and the piece 'Le Carnaval des Animaux - Le Cygne' was played live with on the cello an 'old' colleague of mine. I did not know that he has that great music talent!
Listening to "Le cygne' I got goose bumps as this music is so romantic and sad at the same time; also it was strange listening to a masterpiece about swans while I was busy the recent days to 'catch' swans with my camera on a lake nearby.
This is the lake where the swans (Cygnus bewickii) are resting during the night. With the first rays of light the first groups are leaving. Within one hour after sunrise the lake is empty. Instead some herons come (you can see three on the right side of the photo).
I visited that area four times this week and the sound of the birds when they awake or fly away is amazing. Yesterday, I entered the lake on the right side and all the swans were swimming/resting on the left side of the lake. Today, when I walked in the dark to the middle of the lake (between trees) I found out that most of the swans were on the right side. So again I was on the wrong place; fortunately one group of swans were resting in the middle of the lake. It costs me wet feet and a dirty coat but I catched them with the red/pink light which I had in mind.
As it is very grey outside I look back to one of my colourful trips of 2014, the fun we had and of course to the beautiful nature encounters in the Bükk Mountains.
Today it's Blue Monday. Calculated by a formula, using many factors, since 2005 it is the most depressing day of the year. Before 2005, for me Blue Monday only was the amazing song of New Order which reminds me of the period I started going out.
So I suggest, that Blue Monday is THE day to make new plans, new friendships, book a holiday and listening to great music!
Who pissed off Petrus?
Since days, I was wondering how long this stormy, rainy and grey weather will continue?
Last Monday there was no creek left. The Kleine Beerze, which I photograph regularly since six years, was flooded and not a little bit. Unfortunately my first opportunity to visit this area was on Wednesday morning when a big part of the water was already gone. On some lower parts, like this entrance on the photo, still plenty of water left.
Due to the heavy wind it was a challenge to get a sharp photo; my tripod and camera were moving a lot. A few minutes after I took this photo, it started raining cats and dogs and I had to run to my car..... and I was really wondering why Petrus is sending so much rain down to earth at the moment.
@Birgit: thanks for the lovely title!
I returned the same day in the afternoon but a few minutes after I arrived, the blue sky with white clouds disappeared and again I had to deal with all shades of grey. For 2015 I had the plan to search in this area for the caterpillar of the Queen of Spain Fritillary but I guess, that no caterpillar survived as the larval food plant is growing near the creek.
Shades of grey
This stormy and grey weather doesn't invite me to go out. It's the perfect moment after a busy period to remember and review the nice photomoments of 2014 and to select images.
The discovery of Phengaris (endangered species) area's were definitely a high-light like the Alcon Blue on a beautiful warm summer morning in the middle of July.
That morning the dynamic range of my eyes were much greater than the one of my camera; I saw a big orange ball which my camera (sensor) did not see.
As I had no filters with me, I took some over- and under-exposed photo's with this photo as the most acceptable result and the awareness that I need new (more shades of grey) filters.
The world was very quiet when I stepped outside this morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. On my way to Mrs van de Breemortel I noticed that all the puddles in the acre were frozen and on some I discoverd some beautiful ice crystals. After I had fed Mrs van de Breemortel I returned with my camera. On one small puddle I found some amazing structures. At first sight, I thought that some leaves were frozen but when I looked precisely, I noticed that mother nature had 'only' copied the structures of ice.
This first morning was a promising start of 2015!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.