Would you entering a bakery, walking to the display cases full with bread rolls and asking the shop assistant for a free bread roll? Probably not.
For the umpteenth time, this week I received an email through my contact form with the request to deliver images for nothing. As I lost hope some time ago, I mentioned in three languages that I will not give away my digital files for free. So I do not understand why people (mostly design offices) still contacting me for free photo material......it’s rude behaviour as I have to pay for my camera’s and lenses too! Next to the financial investment, some images, sequences costs me a lot of time.
When I returned from my appointment last friday, the sun was shining so I tried to photograph an emerging Painted Lady. For hours I was sitting outside and waited but nothing happened. I think the air temperature was too low as I was frozen. This is almost the ‘normal’ course for photographing transformation processes: waiting and freezing for nothing. Yesterday I gave it an other try but this time inside behind the window. Due to the warmth both chrysalises emerged almost at the same time and the second butterfly moved so hard to emerge that he fell out of the chrysalis......
I rendered first aid and after the butterfly hang again he pumped blood into his wings to inflate them and two hours later he was flying into freedom.
While the last two caterpillars of the Swallowtail will transform into a chrysalis soon, I discovered some new caterpillars. It wasn’t difficult to find them as I was wondering where my Kale plants were gone.....a few weeks ago I received them as a present for my vegetable garden with beautiful green leaves.
It’s a kind of relief seeing that the larval stages of butterflies preferring my vegetables but I’m afraid that having my own big vegetable garden in France one day will be a challenge as I’m not able to kill caterpillars.
These are caterpillars of the Small White in the 2nd caterpillar stage and measures about 1 cm….except the newborn caterpillar.
This image is taken with the special macro lens from Canon, the MP-E 65 mm with a 3,5 x magnification at F16.
All my life
Is changing every day
In every possible way
In all my dreams
It's never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems
On 'Everybody Else Is Doing It, so Why Can’t We' the beautiful song 'Dreams' describes the mood I'm in. Last week a lot has happened and everytime I'm surprised by what people are capable of. I feel 'smashed' like this deceased Red Admiral.
And oh my dreams
It's never quite as it seems
Cause you're a dream to me
Dream to me
© The Cranberries
I'm angry and I feel helpless! Angry because beautiful nature has been ruined and helpless because I do not know how to change the situation.
This is a part of the creek/area on 3 september 2013 when nothing was wrong.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.