Tagged: insects

Bright colors!

Last week I started a  I started a GuruShots account. GuruShots.com is a photography game, they say. It’s free, but if you want to get ahead, you have to buy swaps, fills and keys. Good quality of your photos does not mean that you end up high. It is determined by votes. Seems very fair, but the system determines whether or not your photo is seen. Only than people can vote for your foto. To be seen you need swaps, fills and keys. And then we are back at the begining of this post.

Fine way to earn money for GuruShots. It again shows that nothing on the internet is free.

Positive about starting that account was that I looked op a lot of old photos. The challenges were about colors, bright colors. So here some of the bright colored shots I entered.

 

Hyasinth ara - Hyacinth macaw

Hyasinth ara – Hyacinth macaw

 

 

Kat - Cat

Kat – Cat

 

 

Regenboog lori - Rainbow lorikeet

Regenboog lori – Rainbow lorikeet

 

 

Kroonduif - Western crowned pigeon

Kroonduif – Western crowned pigeon

 

 

Bijee

Bij – Bee

 

 

Bromelia

Bromelia

 

 

Pauw - Peacock

Pauw – Peacock

 

 

Blue morpho

Blue morpho

 

Butterflies in the Orchideeënhoeve

Yesterday I visited the Orchideeënhoeve in Luttelgeest. A wonderful place that had a whole new fly cage with beautiful birds and with ringtailed makis. It looks great and the animals have a lot of space. I love going there. It is spending a day in the tropics only one hours drive away. There is also a butterfly garden. I’m sharing shots of butterflies I made there.

 

Enjoy!

 

Butterfly?

Butterfly?

 

 

Heliconius hewitsoni

Heliconius hewitsoni

 

 

Greta oto

Greta oto

 

 

Heliconius Charithonia

Heliconius Charithonia

 

 

Heliconius hewitsoni

Heliconius hewitsoni

 

 

Heliconius numata

Heliconius numata

 

 

Heliconius hewitsoni

Heliconius hewitsoni

 

 

In my garden

You do not always need to travel long distances to take pictures. Sometimes two steps from the front door is perfect too.

Last year, I changed en renewed everything in my front yard. I decided to plant flowers. Everywhere gardens are laid out “maintenance-friendly”. This usually means that the garden changes into a large gravel area. Then they think it is strange that there are no butterflies and insects in the garden …..

Stupid, of course. If nothing blooms, insect have nothing to find in your garden.

I do not have much experience with a garden. I have looked at a tall plant for a weeks and thought: is this weed or not? When the first flowers came I knew it. No weeds, but the aster I planted when it was 20 cm high last year. I had no idea it could become 80 cm to a meter high: P

Insects are happy in my garden. On this beautiful day today everything buzzed with bees, bumblebees, hoverflies, etc. Wonderful!

With these some pictures taken in the mine front garden.

 

Tricyrtis formosana

Tricyrtis formosana

 

 

 

Dahlia

Dahlia

 

 

 

Lobelia

Lobelia

 

 

 

Spaanse margriet - African daisy

Spaanse margriet – African daisy

 

 

 

Japan(e)se anemone

Japan(e)se anemone

 

 

 

Dahlia

Dahlia

 

 

 

Aster with insect

 

 

 

Aster met insect - Aster with insect

Aster with insect

 

 

 

Flowers have company

We have a heat wave in the Netherlands. I am not a fan of very high temperatures. It is vacation, so I give myself a tropical roster. Getting up early (around 5:30 a.m.), afternoon siesta with afternoon nap and to bed late at night. It is wonderful to go outside early with the camera. Yesterday at 8 AM I walked in the zoo in Osnabrück (blog follows). This morning a bit simpeler a bridge to bridge walk along the Overijssels canal.

Again I hoped to photograph butterflies, but unfortunately that did not workout. There were some, but no pictures. However, there were beautiful flowers. And just when I wanted to photograph a beautiful southern marsh orchid, the flower got company. A Common carder bee flew from flower to flower around the orchid. So nice.

 

Common carder bee on southern marsh orchid

Common carder bee on southern marsh orchid

 

 

 

Common carder bee on southern marsh orchid

Common carder bee on southern marsh orchid

 

 

Common carder bee on southern marsh orchid

Common carder bee on southern marsh orchid

 

The Hedge bindweed was also there in the reed. Many see it as a weed. It is quite annoying when you have it in the garden. But look at itf, is not it a beautiful sight with this goldenrod?

 

Goldenrod and Hedge bindweed

Goldenrod and Hedge bindweed

 

 

 

Blue-tailed damselfly

Blue-tailed damselfly

 

 

 

Fireweed

Fireweed

 

 

 

Blackberry blossoms

Blackberry blossoms

 

I searched for names in all photos. I am not 100% sure of everything. Do you know better, please let me know 🙂

 

Drone fly (hooverfly) on hemp-agrimony

TDrone fly (hooverfly) on hemp-agrimony

 

 

 

Cockchafer

Cockchafer, I have not seen that many in my life. I always heard my mother tell me that there were a lot of cockchafer in a hedge in the old days. I thought they might have been extinct. This year I have seen them in different places, several together. The optimist in me then thinks: OK it is not so bad with the cockchafer yet. Another option is that I have paid more attention during walks in the month of May. I now saw them while I had no eye for them before. Anyway: pictures of cockchafer!

 

Cockchafer

 

 

 

Cockchafer

 

 

 

Cockchafer

 

 

 

Cockchafer

Cockchafer