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Renewed edition

Beautiful weather, but too hot for me. So I switch to a hot weather schedule. Rise early and a siesta in the afternoon. Today it meant a bridge to bridge walk at 7 o’clock in the morning. Wonderful! Rest, nature, cool temperture, feeling good. The bridge to bridge is for me, from the Derksbridge to the Mensinkbridge and back on the other side.

I was only just on my way and then I saw the dragonfly. A dragonfly that hung to dry after the last molting. Very new, slightly green and vulnerable. I’ve been on the ground for three quarters of an hour. Of course I made photos and videos.

One of the first photos. The wings are still somewhat wrinkled and the body is strongly bent.

 

Dragonfly hangs to dry after the last molting

 

During the drying process, the dragonfly will stick to the skin of his previous edition to come to a renewed edition of himself. Metamorphosis, as far as I am concerned, one of the wonders of nature.

 

Dragonfly hangs to dry after the last molting

 

After three quarters of an hour the wings have already been stretched and the body is more straight. The final color iwill become visible later. I therefore do not know for sure which type this is. It was teeming with keeled skimmer, possibly this one is that too.

 

Dragonfly hangs to dry after the last molting

 

A picture with my Samsung Galaxy 7. It’s nice that you can take photos with so much detail with a smartphone.

 

Dragonfly hangs to dry after the last molting

 

Short video of the dragonfly.

 

 

I hoped he would dry up quickly, but after googling on my cell phone I knew it could take hours. That is why I went on with my walk, but I took the rope pull ferry so that I could see the dragonfly on my way back. And yes, I found it. But I was just a little too late. Just at that moment it flew away, no photo ….

Or maybe I was right on time. A new little wonder of nature. In time to see how it flew into the a new life. A new beginning.

This is its home.

 

Overijssels Canal between Raalte and Heeten

Overijssels Canal between Raalte and Heeten

Drostenkamp

Last week I saw during the break that there are lots of geese at the Drostenkamp ponds, with lots of chicks. Oof course I had to go there on my day off.

The first thing you notice is that there are many geese, much more than in other years. It seems that the geese that were born last year have all returned. There are groups of single geese.

 

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

 

Like every year, there are egyptian geese. What is striking is that there are no chicks yet. Other years they were the first with a family.

 

Egyptian goose

Egyptian goose

 

And of course there are ducks, but ducklings I have not seen yet.

 

Duck

Duck

 

There are a lot of greylag families, with chicks from a day old to chicks that already have feathers. A few greylag geese are not purebred. These are descendants of a white domestic goose that has raised a family for a few seasons. Father gray goose was always out of the picture. Mother did everything alone. Her children now have chicks themselves.

To lure the geese I brought bread. A few pieces in the water, and there they come …

 

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

 

Blue eyes and more white than a greylag goose should have. No doubt about it! White geese blood 🙂

 

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

 

The geese love the bread. The geese also come to me on the grass. Mom and dad show me that the don’t want me to come too close to the children. Head low and hissing!

 

Domestic goose

Domestic goose

 

For the first time this year there is also a completely white geese family. Both parents are white and also hissing to me and the other geese. Stay away!

What is striking is that the chicks are not yellow. Probably there are greylag geese in the ancestors.

 

Greylag goose

Greylag goose

 

The chicks are not afraid. The biggest ones come very close. One eats from my hand. So cute!

 

Greylag goose chick

Greylag goose chick

 

I made hundreds of photos. Sitting on the ground between lots of goose children. So sweet!

 

Greylag goose chick

Greylag goose chick

 

Nice to see how they go to test and taste everything.

 

Greylag goose chick

Greylag goose chick

 

Everything under the supervision of two attentive parents. They are busy. One family had 16 chicks. Pfft! And I felt busy with my twins: P

 

Greylag goose

Greylag goose

 

Bugs and a butterfly

Today and yesterday I walked at the Tichelgaten. This is an area in the flood plains of the IJssel. It is a wetland area that was created by excavating clay for a brick factory that was active there in the past. Nature has taken over completely. There are so many plants and animals, especially waterfowl and insects. The weather was wonderful. Yesterday when I did not have the camera, I saw birds that I hoped to photograph today. Unfortunately, that did not work out. But there is so much more to see.

Here some pictures with bugs and a butterfly.

Fly

 

 

Speckled wood

 

The air was full of dragonflies. They also sat on my shirt. I wanted close-ups, but not so close. When I finally found my mobile, it flew away. The photos have been edited with Lightroom and Color Efex Pro.

 

Dragonfly

 

 

 

Dragonfly

 

 

 

Flower play

The title of this blog is Flower play. I gave it that title because I play with flowers. Playing is here: searching for a special image of a flower, by playing with light, depth of field and direction of the photo. I regularly buy flowers, usually not a bouquet, but single flowers. Only flowers that inspire me, where I can imagen some photos immediately. They often have special forms, such as the protea below. But often they are well-known flowers that I just like, such as roses, freesias, anemones, etc.

The first picture is a photo of the complete protea. Not everyone knows flowers and in the following recordings the flower may no longer be recognizable.

Protea

 

First, simply straight from above. The color has not changed. The flower is in a vase on a white surface.

 

Protea

 

Different direction and less saturation.

 

Protea

 

Three more photos from different directions. Normal saturation.

 

Protea

 

 

Protea

 

The photo below is my personal favorite. I like the shapes, the contrast and the color of this one.

I submitted four photos in a Viewbug contest. Subject is Yellow. So one thing is certain, the color is OK

 

Protea

 

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Artis Amsterdam

Last year I went to a zoo on average once a month. In 2018 Artis was the first zoo I saw. So there are still quite a few visits to be made …

Artis is a beautiful old zoo. Beautiful old buildings. And Artis is busy giving the animals better housing, while the old buildings and the atmosphere remain. A good example is the building where I made the following two photos. The animals have a lot of room to move in old buildings, where on the inside walls and interior have been removed and more natural surroundings are created.

The first photo is a Pygmy marmoset. This is the smallest monkey breed in the world. They look a bit like small gremlins. They also behave a bit like that. They are tiny bullies, but very cute!

 

Pygmy marmoset

 

This Chinese water dragon inhabited the same area. It is somewhat easier to photograph, because they sit nicely and is the perfect photo model.

 

Chinese water dragon

 

Young animals in the zoo are always fun. These two meerkats were the center of the group with two other babies.

 

Two young meerkats.

 

Another lucky moment was this young Somali giraffe. Just a few days old. It was his second day outside. what a beautiful sight.

 

Somali giraffe calf

 

The aquariums are also very worthwhile. I used to visit that one with a school class for biology. It did not change much in the past 40 years. I often hang around at the lion devils for a long time. Hoping for a nice shot of these special fish.

 

Red lionfish

 

At home, editing of the photos starts. I love that too. Some shots always end up in monochrome. Below 3 examples.

The 20-year-old male lion who lives with two daughters in Artis. He is getting old. His condition is not good, but they try to do everything to give him a good life.

 

Lion

 

A peacock. He was behind a fence, so I could not photograph the beautiful tail he showed. Color is beautiful, but I found the symmetry of the body with that stubborn headshot a beautiful picture too.

 

Peacock

Peacock

 

Finally, mother Somali giraffe. A beautiful lady and so enormously high. Fantastic!

 

Somali giraffe

 

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