Monsieur & Madame
Not that I'm switched from butterflies into dragon/damselflies but at the moment there are not much butterflies to be found. Yesterday I found three Small Heath after a long search for the Common Blue and/or Small Copper but this morning I did not find a single butterfly. I have the feeling that we already have the 'June gap'. Fortunately I found some Azure damselflies in the grass as it was a magic sunrise today with a layer of low fog above the grass-land.
In the limelight
Yesterday evening I visted 'my' old area around the Kleine Beerze with the hope to find some butterflies like the Common Blue or Small Heath. At day it was almost 26 degrees so I had good hope that they had emerged. Sadly I did not find a single butterfly. Fortunately I found an other 'victim' for my camera....a female Broad-bodied Chaser, a common dragonfly in this area. Photographing this dragonfly was hell as I forgot how bad mosquitoes are without protection.
New gold dream
After a holiday in the mountains it costs me a few days to get used again to the mono culture here in my region. The advantage of living in a flat country are the spectacular sunrises and sunsets; using them for photographic purposes is another thing as the big disadvantage of this region are the amount of maize fields. This week I found out that all my favourite spots nearby are surrounded by big maize fields; warm sunlight has no chance to get through it.
As this week the sunrises and sunsets were very colourful; I visited the creek ‘Kleine Beerze’ which is really small at the moment due to lack of water. I found some common butterflies but unfortunately the sun disappeared behind the wall of maize before reaching the deep orange colour.
This female Darter (I guess a Vagrant Darter/Sympetrum vulgatum) I found near the creek. On the other side of the creek there were some big old trees which were causing shadow what resulted in lower maize and some more golden reflections of the setting sun.
Although I love summer and the presence of butterflies, dragonflies and other insects, I will be very happy when these maize fields will be harvested!
How to train your dragon....fly?
For the first time this year my alarm clock went off early. The reason was the Banded Demoiselle which I found the evening before and he (it was the male version) was sitting on a stuntfree place in the low vegetation. It was foggy at the Kleine Beerze and it was a pitty that the dragonfly was not sitting near the little lake as I wished a photo with this beauty and the surrounding. But, I will not complain as it was a perfect moring and in a peacefull mood and with a lot of images I drove to my work.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.