At the moment we have Dutch autumn weather: grey and a bit rainy....I love it!
Exactly one week ago I was walking completely alone in a forest area nearby to search for mushrooms and other autumn subjects. I found a lot of mushrooms but most of them were growing on the forest floor between some grass or too low to 'catch' them decently (as I did not carry a shovel with me). After almost two hours I found a nice one in a tree bark; I loved the curve of the bark and the fact that I could catch a orange/yellow oak in the background.
After some instructions of a friend, I found in an other forest some Collared Earthstars (Geastrum tripex) which I had never seen before. Photographing these stars was a real challenge as they love to grow on messy forest places.
And still I have my weaknesses
Still I have my strength
And still I have my ugliness
But I, I, I
I'll love you just the way you are
I'll have you just the way you are
I'll take you just the way you are
Does anybody love the way they are
Like last year, we have summer temperatures (24 degrees C) in October. As most of the trees are coloured between yellow, orange and brown, I was out yesterday and today to chase these colours again. My big wish is to 'catch' a group of Fly Agarics together with the rising sun.
This morning started on the Strabrechtse Heide, a heath area near Eindhoven and I tried to catch the beautiful red sky but unfortunately I forgot the correct ND-grad filter and as I was very unsatisfied about the result, I decided to switch to macro again.
Between the brown heather I found in a kind of hole some remaining purple heather and the red oak in the background gave a special yellowish background.
I left the heather and started my mission 'Fly Agaric'. As they can be often found near birches I searched for them and within minutes I found the first red mushrooms. As I wanted a special background I was happy to find one near a red oak. The complete ground was coloured red/brown by fallen leaves. Although it was early in the morning, the sun was shining powerful and with my tripod and jacket I created shadow on the mushroom and two oak leaves.
Near the bridle-path I found some more beautiful Fly Agarics. Some later I returned to my car as too many horses, bikers and other people were passing by.
Right now nature is transforming fast from summer into autumn and most of the trees already have delightful colours.
Between work and other appointments, I allowed myself two hours to visit an area nearby to search for mushrooms and other autumn signs. I walked around and although a lot of young oaks and brambles were coloured red it took some time before I found a complete young red oak between the brown heather and reed.
Under some old beeches I found a lot of purple Amethyst Deceivers which are one of my favourites mushrooms to photograph (I think because of their colour). Unfortunately the two hours off passed by too quickly.
Instead of mushrooms I photographed butterflies today. The majority of the Red Admirals will fly to the Mediterranean area to hibernate but some them stay here and try to survive the winter. Although there are still some flowers most of the remaing butterflies can be found on Common Ivy. Common Ivy has become a nuisance in my garden but the butterflies are using it for all kind of purposes. Can you find the butterfly in the next picture?
Without knowing that a butterfly is hibernating between the Common Ivy, you will not find or seeing him as he (actually it's a she) became invisible!
Very slowly, autumn is coming and like every year, I'm surprised by the beautiful and warm colours autumn brings. At the moment the beautyberries (Callicarpa bodinieri) which are growing in clusters are at their best. Although the purple berries look very attractive to me, the birds and other little wild life will not eat them as they are bitter.
With this beautiful berries I 'celebrate' the German reunification and I'm impressed by the very interesting documentaries on television.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.