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Butterflies in the Orchichideeën Hoeve

A blog to watch. A collection of photos of butterflies in the butterfly garden of the Orchideeën Hoeve in Luttelgeest. I have had a subscription for several years. I like going there if the weather is less beautiful in the winter and autumn. I then enjoy extra tropical colors, smells and sounds. A beautiful place!

 

Heliconius hecale

Heliconius hecale

 

 

 

Greta oto

Greta oto

 

 

 

Heliconius cydno

Heliconius cydno

 

 

 

Papilio memnon alcanor

Papilio memnon alcanor

 

 

 

Greta oto

Greta oto

 

 

 

Heliconius hecale

Heliconius hecale

 

 

 

Heliconius melpomene

Heliconius melpomene

 

 

 

Greta oto

Greta oto

 

 

 

Heliconius cydno

Heliconius cydno

 

 

Rups - caterpillar Heliconius

Rups – caterpillar Heliconius

 

 

 

Funny face

Again a number of photos taken in Planckendael near Mechelen. This time pictures of emu’s. Such funny animals ! I photographed two.

This is the first one I saw. A somewhat grayish type, but with a cheerful expression. They have beautiful expressive eyes.

 

Emu

Emu

 

This is number two. Much darker of “hair”. He/she was always close to the fence. I don’t know if it would have been safe to put my fingers through the fence. I did not do that to be on the safe side.

 

Emu

Emu

 

Striking is also the plumage. Not spectacular in terms of color, but because of the enormous mass of thin feathers that cover the body. This is on the back.

 

Emu

Emu

 

A bit more down, it looks like this. This is the other bird, therefore the different color.

 

Emu

Emu

 

To photograph the black one in up close, I risked my own life by hanging over the fence. :p (You have to exaggerate
a bit of course LOL.) But I kept in mind that he could peck, at me or the camera. Among others I made these two photos.

 

Emu

Emu

 

When I was home and saw this picture, I thought: Yes! Hanging over the fence was good. So funny!

 

Emu

Emu

 

 

 

Flowers in Planckendael

Planckendael is the zoo at Mechelen in Belgium. I was there this week and it was a wonderful day. It is a beautiful zoo where the animals have a lot of space. I am always very happy about that. Tiled rooms and cages are no longer possible. That was never possible, but then people did not know better, right ….? In zoos there are often very beautiful flowers. Of course I cann’t resist shooting a picture of it. That’s why in I’m sharing 6 flower photos that were taken in Planckendael.

 

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

 

 

 

Sweet-Brier

Sweet-Brier

 

 

 

Water lily

Water lily

 

 

 

Purple loosestrife

Purple loosestrife

 

 

 

Stinking willie with hoverfly

Stinking willie with hoverfly

 

 

 

Water lily

Water lily

 

 

 

Elephants in Planckendael

Yesterday I was in Planckendael with a photography friend, a zoo near Mechelen in Belgium. The weather was lovely and we enjoyed it a lot. What is special, is that the animals are very spacious housed. The elephants also have a lot of space. You can see that they enjoy the water. A beautiful sight. There are 8 elephants of which two adorable little ones. So beautiful to look at. I share a number of photos that I have made.

The first thing I saw was how the elephants enjoy the water. The water is deep and they can be completely covered. There is also a lot of space in the water. The little ones are fully in it too.

 

Asian elephant

Asian elephant

 

One of the two little ones in action.

 

Asian elephant

Asian elephant

 

Of course, there has to be a short chat over the wall with the neighbor. The young man lives in a “room” next to the ladies with their young.

 

Asian elephant

Asian elephant

 

Underwater swimming is of course a lot easier with such a built-in snorkel: P

 

Asian elephant

Asian elephant

 

There also a lot of sand-throwing. I also made a lot of photos of that. Timing is very important here, because one time you do not see sand and the other time the elephant has disappeared 🙂

 

Asian elephant

Asian elephant

 

Unfortunately, I was not satisfied with any of the “sand-throwing” photos. The ladies were not to blame for that, they did their best to be a good model. See here the perfect pose, so …..

 

Asian elephant

Asian elephant

 

Here comes one of the mothers with her child. Wonderful sight!

 

Asian elephant

Asian elephant

 

I don’t like the wall as a background. Therefore I’m also sharing a composite with a different background.

 

Asian elephant

Asian elephant

 

 

 

Flowers at Groenrijk

A collection of photos from my visit to Groenrijk yesterday. This time modified to a dark version. Lately all my flowers were light or on a white background. Now something else 🙂

 

 

Portulaca - Purslanes

Portulaca – Purslanes

 

 

 

Kalanchoë - Widow's-thrill

Kalanchoë – Widow’s-thrill

 

 

 

Calathea crocata - Eternal flame

Calathea crocata – Eternal flame

 

 

 

Polemonium caeruleum - Jacob's ladder

Polemonium caeruleum – Jacob’s ladder

 

 

 

Pulsatilla - Pasqueflower

Pulsatilla – Pasqueflower

 

 

 

Hypericum Perforate - St John's-wort

Hypericum Perforate – St John’s-wort

 

 

 

Dahlia

Dahlia