Araneus diadematus – Awaiting lunch to arrive

Day 128 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s photo shows the garden cross spider, which I discovered during my renewed visit to the Wallnau reserve of the German Nature Conservation Association along a circular path.

The cross spider was enthroned in the middle of the web and had a considerable size. Fortunately, spiders in Germany are known to be harmless to humans.

Anyway, I was very impressed by it!

Enjoying lunch in the Sun

Day 116 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

32 degrees Celcius! That was the value the thermometer showed today.

Almost too warm to take pictures outside. Nevertheless, I set out to get a motif for my challenge.

Again I focused on the butterflies, which took the opportunity to drink flower nectar despite the heat.

Through the freshly planted flower meadows, there is enough supply for the insects. This is visibly reflected in a large number of insects and butterflies this year.

This specimen of a lemon butterfly took a long rest at one of the flower calyxes and obviously enjoyed the midday sun while it was feasting on the nectar.

Hypericum androsaemum

Day 114 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s photo motif is once again a plant. To be more precise, a blood St. John’s wort, which I discovered during a trip to the local floodplains.

What fascinated me most was the contrast between the redbuds and the bright yellow flowers. Although I took this photo in the midday sun, the contrast between the plant and the background was excellent.

But what I like most is the shadow of the flower stems on the petals.

Let me know what you like about this photo!

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!

Dimorphotheca ecklonis

Day 106 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

The sun shone mercilessly today. I was quite happy when I discovered this Bornholm daisy in a shady place.

This time I used my Nikkor 70-200mm f.2.8 VR2 lens again to photograph this beautiful flower.

Although I set an aperture of f8, only the centre of the flower is in focus, and the edges of the petals are softly falling off.

The completely out of focus background isolates the flower from distracting image elements.

I hope you like it!

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!

Lilium Candidum

Day 103 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

I just love to photograph flowers. They are a wonder of nature. So diverse, no two are alike, and one is more beautiful than the other. Some bloom wild, others were planted for a specific purpose.

But in the end, all flowers have one thing in common, they enrich our lives with cheerfulness, bliss and joy!

I discovered this specimen of a lily on my way home from a photo tour to the nearby fields. It stood all alone in a garden near the road.

I immediately stopped with my bike and took my Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6 VR and photographed it freehand. I was lucky that the rising sun was at the ideal angle at Zenit and illuminated the flower fantastically.

Especially the slight shadow cast gives the picture the necessary depth.

I hope you like the photo as well!

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!

Ready for Landing

Day 101 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today was again one of the days when you notice that our environment is changing more and more due to climate change.

During my tour around the lake, the sky suddenly darkened, and loud screams of wild geese were in the air. When I looked up, I noticed a large flock of grey geese, about 50 -60 animals, which first flew a loop around the lake and then settled down on the lake.

I only know such flocks from the migration at the beginning of autumn.

That such a large flock is so far south during the summer is really strange and unique for me.

Anyway, I had an excellent opportunity to train my bird photography techniques, as I plan to go to the Baltic Sea in autumn to observe the migration of birds.

Again I used my Nikkor 200-500 f5.6 VR, which I held in my free hand. For the auto-focus, I used the 3D setting of my Nikon D850, which again delivered exceptionally sharp photos.

You can convince yourself of the sharpness.

Papaver rhoeas

Day 98 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Although the summer is not over yet, you can see from the poppies that time is progressing.

The grain fields are growing and growing, and the poppies are withering more and more.

Before their beauty has passed, I had to capture this beauty in a photo again.

For this purpose, I used my Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VRII telephoto lens again.

Have fun while watching!