Last week did not energize me and although I had plans to go out early this morning to search for mushrooms I postponed my plans as I was too tired. Hours later I packed my stuff and before I reached my car, I passed a yellow flower and discovered a resting bee on/in it.
As this bee was still 'sleeping' I had some time to search for a position in which I could use the other two yellow flowers. After this photo, the bee woke up and started collecting nectar.
As it is warm outside, still a lot of butterflies are present; yesterday I found again two caterpillars of the Red Admiral in my garden and the last chrysalis emerged one hour ago.....so the mushrooms have to wait!
On my way to the Common Tree Frog area I had to think to one of my favourite songs ever as I realized that zeven years have got behind me since I visited that area. The sun is the same in a relative way, but I'm older.
Together with photographer Ed van Dam I walked to the 'old' spots with the expectation to find a lot of Common Tree Frogs. Actually, it was long before we found the first green frog between green leaves. The second, third and fourth frog were also familiar with the camouflage trick. The fifth frog had a contradistinctionary character as he was not sitting on a green leaf nor climbed he away quickly.
Although it was warm, we only found six frogs but heard complete choirs of them on different places in the distance. Next year, I will surely visit this area again as it has so much more to offer.
After three months, it was a great joy to meet everybody from the 'Palinka' club again last Sunday. The 'reunion' started with a tour in a forest nearby to search for mushrooms and ended with very nice converstations and new tour/holiday plans in the sun. Inbetween there was the opportunity to photograph the coloured chrysalis of a Red Admiral which was ready to emerge.
On Sunday evening I was watching one of my favourites detectives on TV when suddenly a butterfly was flying around. Very sneaky a much younger chrysalis was emerged and for a while the butterfly was resting on my kitchen tiles.
As my kitchen is not the perfect habitat for a new born butterfly, I offered him a flower for nectar and during the night he stayed on this flower in the garden. The next morning I catched him early again with my camera and some later when the sun was warmer he flew away.
In the meantime also my last chrysalis of the Comma Butterfly emerged during the night!
What a beautiful late summer weather we have at the moment. Last monday. between work and birthday party, I witnessed the birth of the Painted Lady and its first flight.
It was a beautiful gift on this very special day!
I do not want to repeat myself but again some caterpillars and a chrysalis fooled me.
One of the caterpillars of the Small Tortoiseshell was extremely moving that I thought the transformation process would take place within one or two hours like the Peacock caterpillars did. The reality was far from this and again I lost almost a day on waiting. The next morning it became even worse as I was confronted with a pair of eyes of the Comma Butterfly.
I'm no wasting no more time
Don't think I could believe you
Oh when there's just be silence
And When life will be over
Don't think you will forgive you
© Warner Chappell Music France SA
Last weekend I went out to search for some caterpillars of the Painted Lady but instead I found a lot of caterpillars of the Red Admiral and the Small Tortoiseshell. The caterpillar of the Red Admiral lives solitary and well hidden between the Stinging Nettles in a kind of nest. Finding some of them gave me the opportunity to photograph their hiding behaviour.
All the chrysalises of the Peacock emerged this week.....unfortunatly they did this on my working days or at night! Two chrysalises were hanging close together and when the colours of the butterfly was visible I was happy that it was my day off and that the weather was perfect. I started 'waiting' after sunrise and stopped at sunset without an emergence of one of them. The next morning they were hanging on the empty chrysalis. I consider to search for a new hobby!
As almost all the chrysalises of the Peacock emerged now I set my hopes on the chrysalises of the Painted Lady, Comma Butterfly or Red Admiral.....otherwise I will really change my hobby.
Fortunately the Map Butterflies stayed in the garden and a few days ago I noticed one comming out of the Stinging Nettles....the circle of life continues!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.