Sometimes nature photography is a matter of luck or bad luck!
On a very foggy morning I walked to a beech forest in the Lüneburger Heide where I found some interesting ferns one day earlier. The thick fog only surrounded the forest because when I walked in the fog was a thin layer....bad luck. For some while I kneeled down on this place, finding the best composition and sharpness when I heard a noise nearby. I looked up from my camera and saw a deer crossing my 'picture'. Bad luck again as I did not push the button. Imagine more fog and a deer between the ferns!
This afternoon I returned from my second trip to the "Lüneburger Heide" in Germany. I assumed that when I will visit this area for a week and in the last week of October, the forests would be coloured yellow/orange. This photo of the accommodation and Wanda is taken yesterday evening and the majority of the beeches is still green. The temperatures are too high and when some leaves coloured yellowish, the wind blowed them away immediately.
But, I had a very nice holiday: no computer, walking every day (with and without Wanda), go shopping, reading books, watching movies, sleep late, meeting friends and last but not least photographing some beeches and mushrooms.
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.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.