While I was photographing Fly Agarics at an unknown heath area in the Lüneburger region, I heard cranes coming. The first migrating group passes by high in the sky. The sound they make did not stop as more and more groups were visible. I changed my lens and tried to 'catch' the cranes.
Suddenly the plane came into my viewfinder and it really scared me!
As quick as the plane had flown into my picture it was gone. I looked to the two or three pictures on my display and immediately knew that I was not the first who photographed this flight paths.
Last week I visited the Lüneburger Heide Area in Germany and I was surprised how sparsely populated this area is, unlike the Teutoburger Wald which I visited last autumn and which was crowded. In the forests and heathlands of the Lüneburg region I was out alone (except the National Park Lüneburger Heide) and impressed by the large amount of (eatable) mushrooms.
This time I decided to travel without modern support, no laptop(s), no external hard disk, no adapters, no internet, no telephone.....nothing except my camera, lenses, battery-charger and ONE memory card. I was longing to experience pure nature and enjoyed all weather types.
On the picture above I tried to catch a falling drop of a Ink Cap which of course failed due to the 'bad' light circumstances (it was too dark for a quick shuttertime). As the beeches had no indian summer colours I was busy on the forest floor with mushrooms until I met a very attractive beech:
Some other highlights during this week were my visits to the heathland. The first time I entered an outlying part of the Lüneburger Heide and started with my telelens to search for landscape details when suddenly I noticed some resting and eating deers in the heath. During the second visit to an unknown heath area I saw (and heard) hundreds of Cranes in the air and enjoyed the last butterflies and dragonflies.
During an other visit to the Lüneburger Heide I met an other sexy male shape with red eyes: a viper. As it was that cold that I had to wear my winter coat I did not expect to see a snake. It was very exciting to photograph a venomous snake with my 180 mm macro lens. Unfortunately my week in Germany went by too quick so I will return one day to this area again. Hopefully when all the heathland will be pink and purple!
More autumn photos of this lovely region can be found in the chapter Lüneburger Heide.
Today it is the second anniversary of this website. Two years ago I decided to return on the internet with an website written in one language. Two years ago I made some choices without knowing the direction.....
The past two years brought me a lot. First, very important life lessons, second I met some special people and third.....it brought me Mrs Van de Breemortel.
Here she is, the very funny Mrs Van de Breemortel:
Photographing her on my own was almost impossible as she followed me constantly, licked off my lens and used my tripod for scratching her body.
Now I know why they called ‘having’ horses a sport.....I led Mrs Van de Breemortel to the place where I wanted to have her for the best photo and ran quickly to my camera; I repeated that procedure a few time before I capitulated with a ‘laughing’ and pursuing pony behind me.
My day started with a big hug and a tasty apple for Mrs Van de Breemortel as it is World Animal Day today.
With a cup of coffee I installed myself between my sleeping cats on the couch to solve my problem with my broken external hard disk. Not that I could fix the hard disk but I started to search and copy valuable files and found out that I forgot to process files from my France visit in 2005.
One of the beauties which was sleeping for 8 years on my hard disk.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.