Yesterday I visted some Belgian Bee Orchids and while I was photographing them I became happier and happier because of their funny contagious smile.
A special word of thanks goes to Manfred and Helma which I met in the Eifel last week and who made this visit possible; without their help I would never have found these beautiful orchids!
Next year I will surely visit them again! Now it's time to prepare my visit to the Cevennes.....a nostalgic feeling already came up when I found the 'old' Cevennes map with a price ticket in French francs....it was in 1997 that I visited that area for the last time. In 1997 the Cevennes was a walhalla for butterflies (I remember the amount of hairstreaks, coppers and fritillaries) so I'm very curious what I will find next week.
After 12 days, last Monday morning Grabou was sitting at the back door and I was very happy to see her; but immediately I noticed that she was in a very bad condition. A part of her frontleg was missing and what's left was looking gruesome. Probably she was stucked in a trap and had to leave a part of her leg to get free....it's awful to consider what she's gone through.
The vet could only amputate the complete leg to safe her life.
Like I wrote before, it's inconceivable that someone nearby is killing and/or hurting my animals. I contacted a special department of the police and I will take some actions to catch the one who did this. In the meantime I did not touch my camera until today. Due to a bad physical conditon (headache) I only visited an area near the Kleine Beerze. I searched for some butterflies but could only find two Small Heath and one Large Skipper....also there are not much dragonflies to find.
Fortunately I could photograph some orchids which are growing in the wet part next to the creek.
It's a Dactylorhiza majalis subspecies 'praetermissa' and it's nice that within a few years nature is recovering and that orchid species can be found again!
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; 180 mm, 1/20s at F3.5 and ISO100
The woman who follows the crowd
will usually go no further than the crowd.
The woman who walks alone
is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.
Albert Einstein was a wise man!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.