The battle is won!
Three weeks ago I was walking with Wanda (my Sheperd) when I noticed an empty chrysalis of the Comma Butterfly on nettle, further inspection resulted in three more empty chrysalises! Apparently I had found 'the' favourite place of this species. The complete nettle plant had six or seven stems and suddenly I noticed some caterpillar feet between the flowers. The battle (see my blog from 20/08/2016) started again. Fortunately this caterpillar was not infected and exactly one week ago, just in time before I started a trip to my hometown, a new butterfly was born:
After 17 years and countless hours of waiting the battle is won! The complete sequence can be seen here (Butterflies -> Metamorphosis -> Comma Butterfly)
Oops! ... I did it again
I already miss them, the sunrises which gave me the impression that summer is still around. After a rainy night with a lot of thunder, I found this damaged Green-veined White in my garden and observed if the cloud cover would allow the sun to say hello. Fortunately she did, just for a minute and due to the high humidity she was still orange when she appeared above the pig-stable.
Now that my butterfly bushes are out of flower most of the butterflies are gone. My garden feels empty without them and a little bit I'm already longing for the next butterfly season!
Autumn is certainly getting close and I love the beautiful colder mornings with some fog, definitely when I knew a butterfly had choosen my garden to stay overnight. The only species which are sleeping visible (in my garden) are the white species but due to their autumn enemies they are already rare and hard to find. As you probably have noticed from my former blogs I love it to catch the reflections of the sun around sunrise. But since a week I can not see the sunrise/the reflections any longer as a result of a new huge pig-stable. And the bad thing is that the farmer plans to built some more huge stables which will pollute the majority of 'my' horizon. Unforatunately there is nothing that I can do against it.....except waiting much longer for the sun.
When the sun finally had passed the top of the stable roof, the sunlight was too hard to catch it directly. Fortunately there still was some fog near the ground and for some minutes the light conditions were magical. I'm longing for more of these kind of magical moments!
Five days ago I wrote 'one second on the wrong place and your life can be totally different'; fortunately that story will probably have a happy end. Unfortunately this does not count for the portraited butterflies below. Last Monday my garden was full of butterflies when I came back from work and I was very happy to see a lot of freshly emerged Peacock Butterflies (as I did not see this species this year before). Yesterday the majority was gone and very soon I found out who was responsible for this decrease:
It's SPIDER TIME!!!
Last Monday, when I came back from a walk with Wanda, a terrible accident had happened nearby with a younger child. I heard the helicopter and realized immediately that 'someone' is fighting for his life.....I turned my car and with tears in my eyes and goose bumps all over my body I drove back home very quickly to find out that my three 'lazy' children were still hanging around inside.
The same evening I heard that a boy was involved and one day later I found out that the boy is a schoolfriend of my eldest son. Yesterday I heard that he is still alive and will survive but that he is very badly inured. One second on the wrong place and your life can be totally different.
After this week with a lot of emotions and mixed feelings, I was very very happy that this morning the complete sky was coloured red almost half an hour before sunrise. It was wonderful to breathe the fresh autumn air and to clear my mind.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.