In the past, I stressed the enormous decrease in insects and birds several times. And I’m willing to do it again every now and then, simply to remind you, you’re also responsible to take action against this.
How can you do so? Avoid biocides, pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. Support areas, where local plants are blooming. Don’t call the herbs pest plants. Establish an area in your garden with blooming plants, by spaying seeds to feed bees and other insects. Set up so-called insect hotels. These are special places, where insects can find hides and places to grow their offspring. As a result, many bird species will find food.
It’s not only for the birds. It’s also for our own food. Without insects, many of our food-plants won’t exist. Plants keep the fertile soil in place. They also keep the water in place. Without plants, the wind will erode the soil. Our own future depends on the availability of water and food. Lack of water and food (and work) in certain regions brings people to migrate to other countries. So, if you don’t want more people coming to your country, help them having enough (work), food and water in their own region. Therefore fight against climatic changes. Help, reducing pollution and global warming.
Today, I’m showing you my personal highlights from the last year in no particular order.
What happened during the past 12 months related to photography?
- January: Helgoland
- February: hot-air balloon flight in the Bavarian Alps
- April: Scotland, Isle of Skye
- May: start of the hottest and longest summer ever (hottest year since the beginning of the recording of weather data)
- June: Baltic Sea, Isle Usedom
- July: Birds of prey and testing the OM-D 1 M III
- August: Visiting Switzerland and doing some hikes in the Alpes, “hunting” foxes and deers
- September: lots of flowers and insects, visiting Photokina
- October: wildlife photography in different places and some nice Indian summer images
- November: Baltic Sea, Zingst
- December: lots of rain to refill the empty water reservoirs, that were dried out by the heat and the sun during the long summer
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