Where there is desire, there is gonna be a flame……where there is a flame, there is passion and my passion is to photograph butterfly metamorphosises. In my Butterfly Gallery under the chapter metamorphosises a few photo sequences can be found. Recently I explained a friend that a lot of attempts to photograph a transforming caterpillar or butterfly failed.
In 2008 a friend discovered a black caterpillar in the grass and called my name......I found 18 large black caterpillars of the Peacock Butterfly (Aglais io) and offered them two large insect boxes with branches and plants. Unfortunately, the majority did choose the plastic cover of the boxes to hang on. From the few caterpillars which hang on a natural place, only a few were not infected with parasitoids (the some who were infected did not change into a chrysalis).
So only a few caterpillars were hanging in the right position but unfortunately the transformation process from caterpillar into chrysalis took place at night. The last caterpillar started moving at day but also this little ‘bastard’ transformed when it was (too) dark......despite of all the lamps which I collected, the artificial light gives an unnatural result and that is the reason why this sequence landed in the 'recycle bin' for years.
But, like almost everything in life.......you gotta get up and try try try (P!nk)
From the astronomical view spring has started today, from my personal view it is still winter.....
There was snow, white snow....
The first blue moor frog came out one week ago but due to the decreasing temperatures, amphibians, insects, spiders.....every sign of spring disappeared again. Heavy snow and a temperature of -11 degree Celsius.....not really what I’m longing for. ‘My’ snowdrops were covered by snow and when the snow melted, not much of them was left.
Fortunately some flowers did survive!
The weather forecast for next week is hopeless and although I have resolved not complaining about the weather, I really DISLIKE it!
I’m longing for warmth and to photograph a living creature......so maybe my next blog will take a bit longer.
White Sensation II
Wow......a lot can happen in a few days......on my way to work two beautiful sunrises, spring flowers everywhere, singing birds, a jumping spider on my window, met nice photographers during my lecture, learnt again a lesson about human behaviour, saw and felt a lot of sadness......
The public garden, which I mentioned in my former blog, is gently rolling and I had an image in mind with the colours of the traffic light in the background. Unfortunately, almost every flower was growing ‘down’ instead of ‘up’ and I had no spade with me to dig a ‘German’ hole. Finally I found a suitable, but little group of snowdrops. The advantage of a traffic light in comparison with a sunrise or sunset is that it is not moving......the only challenge I had was to catch all the colours it has and ignore the wind to gain some sharpness.
Yesterday, I badly needed an energy boost so I went out, enjoyed the fresh air, one minute of sunshine (it wasn’t me) and searched for some spring flowers.......unfortunately I only found one snowdrop which I only could photograph with my ‘normal’ macro lens. Too bad this morning started with a grey wake-up, no red sunrise, so probably next week I will give it a try again as I know a public garden with some more snowdrops and hopefully I can use my wide angle lens.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.