Wordless Wednesday: A hated one, with many names
Wordless Wednesday: Cladonia fimbriata or the trumpet cup lichen
Wordless Wednesday: hated but protected
Wasps are under nature protection, although humans usually hate them.
During summer, they invite themselves to our barbeques because they need meat to feed their larvae. In late summer and fall, they invite themselves to our coffee tables to get a porting of sweet cake, ice cream, or fruits. Although the larvae need meat, the adults feed themselves from pollens, honey, and overripe fruits. Thus, our cakes and especially plum cakes fit perfectly in their nutrition ☹️ and we have them around us each day with nice weather.
On hot days, they also come over to ponds, poodles, and bird baths to fetch some water for their larvae. These are leaves of water lilies in a pond. When there is a bit of water on such a leaf, they use it. If not, they have to stand on a leaf and drink directly from the pond’s water.
Soon, their breeding season is over. Then, the adults (all females) are unoccupied and roam around to find some sweet food and the humans are annoyed again.
Because of their importance to nature, they are protected. In case, you find a nest, you have to leave it alone. There are very high fines when a wasp nest is destroyed. In case, the nest is endangering humans, they can order a beekeeper to relocate the nest carefully.
Wordless Wednesday: 50 shades of green!
Lens-Artists Photo Challange 150: “Let’s Get Wild!“
We have a guest host this week for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Diane She asks for the wild because she works in the wild as a park ranger.
I know, there are a few other meanings in the word “wild”, but I’m concentrating on wild as in “wildlife”.
Enjoy the gallery. Hint: clicking in one of the images starts the slideshow in a bigger size.
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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 149: “Cool Colors – Blue and Green“
These are the days, where I’m happy to have software helping me discovering images quite fast. Tina asked for images with blue and green for the Lens-Artists photo challenge and this way I’m able to deliver very fast. Opening the find dialog, choose the two relevant colors and I’m presented with dozens of suitable images to choose from.
I hope you like the selection:
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Throwback Thursday: another photographers roundtable during lockdown
You know as a regular reader, I’m part of a monthly photographers roundtable. We’re meeting each first Saturday of a month for a photowalk in our region. Under the current condition and rules, although we don’t have a complete lockdown as we had in spring, that’s not possible. So we had a Zoom meeting combined with an exercise to be done during the week before the meeting.
This time I picked a theme for all of us instead of selecting a card from the Inspiracle card deck. Each of has can show up to 5 images wherein a maximum of 2 is allowed to be taken from the archive. We’re in November and in the northern hemisphere, this month is considered dark, unfriendly, and depressing. In Germany, we have a couple of memorial days during November dedicate to the death. When now the Mexican “Día de los Muertos” comes to your mind, you’re completely wrong. Check the link above to learn a bit more about these memorial days. Because of this background, it came to my mind the give us “fading, transient, transience” as a theme for the exercise.
Here are my results:
The first 4 images are taken for the exercise, while the others are from my archive.
Throwback Thursday: The viewpoint
Throwback Thursday: 10 years ago ….
…. I was in paradise for two weeks: The Seychelles!
Travel Tuesday: don’t use the bridge anymore
Such an old castle is way smaller than expected.
Travel Tuesday: abandoned castle
Such an old castle is way smaller than expected.
Travel Tuesday: Sheep? Sheep!
While preparing for my first trip to Iceland, I was told the landscape of the Isle of Skye in the north-west of Scotland is quite similar to Iceland. And I have to admit, those people were right. Not only the untamed landscape, low bushes, and sparse ground covering, it’s also the huge amount of rock laying around everywhere and the free-running sheep. Only the colors are different: in Iceland, the rocks are black instead of gray and the ground covering has a very intense green which looks a bit unreal.
Wordless Wednesday: pink blossom
Wordless Wednesday: green
Wordless Wednesday: wet leaves
Wordless Wednesday: fresh
Throwback Thursday: bridge into the enchanted land
Wordless Wednesday: In the shadows
Throwback Thursday: mamba
In January 2011, I was visiting a Terrazoo with some friends. Very interesting animals were living in the glass containers, called terrariums.