Today it's the 12th day that Greece is burning around Alexandroupolis....the area which we visited in Spring 2022 to find and photograph the False Apollo. It was one of the last European spots of this beautiful butterfly species.
Places which we visited are gone, national forest are gone, a lot of dead animals which were helpless in the flames....it's unbelievable how big this tragedy is. The animals who survived the flames will starve as there is nothing to eat anymore.
This photo below is taken by satellite two days ago....
The two spots of the False Apollo are completely hit by the fire....the only hope I have is that this species hibernates as a chrysalis and that the larval food plant can survive fires and come up again next spring. So let's hope that there are enough chrysalises survived the fire.
A lot of people are busy fighting the fire and to help all the animals that have been rescued; if anybody is looking for a dog please consider adoption from Greece/Alexandroupolis!
The effect of this tragedy will hit us all as this area (including Dadia National Forest) was a green and very important lifeline of our planet. With this lost of, on the 28th of August it was almost 81000 hectares, global warming will go quicker and quicker!
Not the happiest blog but it bothers me that the majority of people live as there is a second planet earth!
In February the Jordan brothers and I made plans to visit the Eifel this year during the first weekend of August. As the trip came closer the weather forecast became worse....it was going to be a wet weekend. We arrived Friday afternoon in sunshine and after we checked-in we visited one of our good old spots and noticed fluttering butterflies; what a relief after a bad butterfly season!
On Saturday morning the alarm clock went off early and it was a good feeling to be out again and photographing roosting butterflies:
The weather was not bad at all and after we had made enough photos we returned to the hotel for breakfast. With a full stomach we returned to the same spot and with us the sun returned too....again we noticed fluttering butterflies but I only had eyes for one species: the Brown Hairstreak which came down from the bushes.
After catching the Brown Hairstreak we visited our traditional 'Kaffee & Kuchen' spot. On Sunday morning we slept longer because rain was predicted...during breakfast the sun came out and we quickly checked out and drove to the spot where we found a roosting Brimstone and some Sooty Coppers the evening before.
After we photographed these two the heavy rain started and with a satisfied feeling we drove back to the Netherlands.
For more photos of this weekend please visit the page EIFEL.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.