Again a year has passed and it's time to review 2017 and to slow down and enjoy the quality time with family. After a long search I found in 2017 'my little house in the forest' and I 'm privileged and feel blessed that I have a place to relax and where I'm completely connected with nature.
2017 was a year with worries about decisions of our world leaders, about the decline of insects like butterflies and bees, about the renewal of the licence to use the weedkiller Glyphosate in the EU for another five years, about my experience that too many people are too indifferent regarding nature/animal issues, about my encounters with very agressive people in traffic, about the growth of intensive animal farming. When I was little I learned that when I wanted something to change I must start with myself and so I did.....I stopped eating meat.
The amount of butterflies was dramatically low in 2017, in my garden during the summer season I counted only a few specimens and during my annual holiday in Germany I found ONE resting butterfly. Fortunately some other visits and trips to nature areas recovered the balance of my desire to find butterflies and I have some nice memories of 2017.
The visit to the Alcon Blue area was a special one as I was afraid to find none. In 2016 big parts of their habitat was drowned for weeks. Finding this species within a few seconds after entering the area gave me hope! Hope that the brink of extinction is not reached yet....hope that we can change it....hope that we can change more things to save our planet.....we only must start with ourselves!!!
I wish you all Merry Christmas and the very best for 2018!
Merry Christmas - Prettige kerstdagen - Frohe Weihnachten - Joyeux Noël!!
Last Friday the world transformed into a white fairytale after I left Liege. Driving through the High Fens was not a punishment (normally this highway is boring). Near Nancy the snow was gone and it was exciting if there would be snow in the Vosges.
As soon as I left the highway, the forest was covered by a thick layer of snow and it was magical arriving at the house under these circumstances.
When I stepped outside the next morning to photograph this setting, a sign 'Attention Chasse en cours' was placed a few metres in front of my house and a lot of hunters + dogs were very busy finding/tracing wild animals. I was forced to stay near the house until the 'çhasse' was finished.
By that time the sun had climbed over the hill and the first snow started melting.
I was impressed by the atmosphere of the path/road to my house and installed my tripod on it, normally I do not see anybody for days. Exactly at the moment I pressed the shutter button, I heard a noise (actually 'bonjour') and a jogger ran into my picture.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.