Argynnis aglaja

Day 107 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After the announced rain did not come, I took the opportunity to take pictures of insects today.

My photo of the day shows a large mother-of-pearl butterfly, which had just settled on a flower of the weed to eat.

Butterflies are merely beautiful creatures, which I always enjoy watching.

Hope you enjoy it too!

Rubus Ulmifolius

Day 104 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s photo is dedicated to blackberries.
I found this specimen on one of my morning tours along the local lakes.

The rising sun caressed the unripe fruits of the blackberry and separated them from the background.

The lens I used was my Nikkor 70-200 mm F5.6 VR. This time again, I did not use a tripod, because there was enough light available and I could concentrate on choosing the ideal shooting angle.

Hope you like the photo!

Malva Moschata

Day 102 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

The motif of today is from the area of fauna and flora.

It is the musk mallow, which was discovered in the shore area of our local lake.

With its pink colour, the Musk-Mallow clearly stood out from its dark green surroundings.

So I could not help but capture it in the picture!

As I was planning to take more wildlife shots, I had my Nikkor 70-200 F5.6 VR mounted on the camera.

I am still very enthusiastic about this lens and its sharpness and soft bokeh.

Nevertheless, the shot succeeded!

What are you staring at?

Day 90 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I got my Maine Coon lady „Leni“ in front of the lens again.

I caught her by chance on one of her walks on our roof.

She seemed to be enjoying the setting sun when she caught me taking pictures of her. The look she paid tribute to me suggested a lack of understanding on her part.

But she is also a beauty and always worth a photo!

What do you think?

Silybum marianum

Day 85 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

It’s already 85 days since I started my 365 Photo Challenge and I don’t regret it in any way.

The only thing that annoys me is that I didn’t start it earlier.

Even though it requires a high degree of self-discipline, grabbing the camera after a hard day at work to search for an adequate photo subject, to capture it in a picture and to post it afterwards.

Meanwhile, this has become routine for me, and I wouldn’t want to miss it anymore!

Now to today’s picture. This one I also took near my house and portrayed the beauty of the milk thistle.

Because of measures protecting bees and insects, there are now large fields, which were sown, especially for them with a variety of flowers and plants.

A dream for us photographers. So why wander into the distance, when paradise is just around the corner.

I took the photo against the light of the setting suns, which filigree illuminated the contours of the milk thistle and lifted it from the background.

For the photo, I used my 70-200 mm Nikkor lens again. I had my tripod at hand, but in the end, I abandoned it for better composition and shooting angle.

Have fun exploring the picture!

Leptophyes punctatissima

Day 84 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Since the main focus of today was on sports, I had only a little time for taking pictures.

Therefore I decided to go to a field only 400m away from my house to look for motives.

It is always fascinating how close nature is to you. You just have to open your eyes and look for it!

My first motives were poppy flowers when I noticed a movement not 20cm in front of me in the high grass.

When looking closely, I discovered this spotted grasshopper, which moved from leaf to leaf. It was not easy to get a free view of the grasshopper in the thick grass.

Happy as always, the grasshopper took a break, and I could take my time to find the optimal composition.

I made the photo with my Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VR II, which as always delivered a lovely bokeh.

For my first grasshopper a surprisingly good photo, without appearing to be too arousing!

Have fun watching the grasshopper!

Am I not cute?

Day 77 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I used the excellent weather for a trip to our local lake to see if the little swan chicks have hatched yet. I had already reported about the swan couple in several posts.

During my visit today I was pleased to find out that a total of 3 swan chicks have hatched. The little ones were already busy on their feet and were feeding.

In contrast to the swans at the Ammersee, this swan family showed no shyness towards me.

On the contrary, I seemed to belong to them somehow. So I was able to sit down nearby and watch the little chicks in peace and quiet and to take some pictures from time to time.

In the end, the little ones even started to eat the grass between my legs.

Of course, I always kept an eye on the parents, just in case of a sudden change of mood to be able to go on distance.

I hope you have fun looking at the picture!

Rosa rubiginosa

Day 50 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I took the opportunity of a small weather improvement to photograph the remaining spring flowers again. Initially, I planned to take more pictures of wildlife in the local floodplains, but due to the approaching rain, I had only a short time window.

It was so short that I didn’t even find the time to change the lens. So I had to use my Nikon 200-500mm f5.6 lens to take this shot of the sweetbriar rose freehand.

It was a bit surprising how sharp the image became in the end.

Now I just have to get used to the relatively long distance for the close-up limit of the lens, then the photos succeed right at the beginning.

I wish you all a peaceful start to the week.

Raindrops keep falling on my Head

Day 39 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Due to the continuous rain, I had the intention to focus on taking pictures for my exhibition „Proportion“. While I was thinking about the realization of ideas, my eyes wandered over the plants on my roof terrace.

I became aware of raindrops, settled all over on the flowers and plants, glittering in the diffuse light of the sun.

Of course, I had to take my camera immediately to capture these compositions.

I paid particular attention to this Allium schoenoprasum, known as chives, which tilted forward due to the wetness of its flower and thus collected many raindrops along its stem.

Especially these photos make me aware again what a great artist nature is!

Anser anser

Day 32 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After having focused on flowers, plants and landscapes in the past days, today I focused on wildlife in the vicinity of my home. I discovered this greylag goose at one of the artificial lakes on the grounds of Munich’s Technical University.

In the beginning, the goose took a close look at me, but over time it lost more and more interest in me. I sat down on the ground and watched the goose for about 15 minutes. During this time, the goose came closer and closer and apparently accepted me as not dangerous. In the end, the goose even came so close that I had problems to take full pictures with my 70-200 mm Nikkor lens.

Wildlife photography really requires a considerable portion of patience!