Last Saturday it was the first time for me that I visited the nature area 'The Elzen' near Dordrecht and it was very nice to meet everybody from the 'Palinka' club again and to make new plans for a trip to France next year.
Unfortunately any colour in the sky was missing that morning. No signs of butterflies at all but instead plenty of snails.
Gerard showed me a snail with a special coloured feeler. In fact it is a parasite worm (Leucochloridium paradoxum) who is using the snail as temporary host; the definitive host for this parasite are birds. With this coloured rings in the feeler this parasite try to draw the attention of birds....it's amazing to witness this colour spectacle and it's cruel at the same time.
For an other occasion I was in Dordrecht again this week and I was impressed by the large number of herons.....fortunately they do not eat infected snails!
At the moment I’m in a forest region in Germany, called Teutoburger Wald, and I’m enjoying the wildlife, the awakening and colouring of the beeches, the friendly people and the good food here. Far away from the land of the living I’m surrounded by nature. The first evening I met a mouse hunting fox and seeing him jumping around for while gave me a happy feeling.
Until now I have not seen much butterflies (springtime just started here) but fortunately a lot of beautiful flowers, like liverwort, violets, wood sorrel, oxlip and other species are growing here. I also made an appointment with myself to focus more on trees and their ‘wise’ expression and on forest moods and details related to human influence. During a walk I found this stone with the inscription BP.
Rest In Peace Deutsche Bundespost
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; 180mm, 1/2s at F9 and ISO100
Two days ago I saw a tiny little snail on a green leaf but when I returned with my camera a few seconds later the snail was gone.....their sloth is just a diversionary tactic! But, yesterday morning I found an other snail which was nibbling on a yellow flower. I made some photos with the snail on the flower but suddenly, due to its bodyweight, he (or she) was hanging upside down for a few seconds.....it was just like the snail was saying ‘hu hu.....ich bin hier’ (it’s a German snail).
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; 180mm, 1/250s at F3.5 and ISO320
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.