Pelargonium inquinans

Day 117 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After an eventful journey to the Ötztal valley, I found the time and muse to take a photo for my photo challenge.
This Pelargonium inquinans bloomed not far from my mountain hut on the edge of a forest. I usually only know this flower as an ornamental plant on balconies or terraces.

Here you can see again how plants can adapt to their environment and survive because the winters at 1.800 meters can be frigid.

The photo was taken against the light, which framed the outline of the flowers with a soft glow.

This time I used my Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 because I didn’t have much space for the photo.

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!

Gonepteryx rhamni

Day 113 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

The sun is shining mercilessly today. Sometimes the thermometer reaches up to 32 degrees Celsius. Actually, a day to stay indoors. Nevertheless, I made my way to the local floodplains to look for butterflies and insects.

I did not have to search for long. The flower meadows were full of butterflies and bees searching the flowers for nectar.

My theme of the day is the lemon butterfly. This specimen is a male, which can be distinguished by its bright yellow colour and the inconspicuous orange spot on each wing.

Once again, my proven 70 – 200 mm F2.8 lens was used. I also refrained from using a tripod, because it would have been too much of a handicap.

Have fun while watching.

Cypripedium formosanum

Day 108 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I accidentally saw this Formosan lady’s slipper in front of my lens.

Totally hidden, in the back garden area, it looked out under a thick roof of leaves.

Luckily, a thick band of clouds was passing through, creating a diffuse soft light—the ideal starting point for a natural light 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!

Anas platyrhynchos

Day 105 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Due to the excellent weather, I continued to concentrate on taking pictures of wild birds, plants and insects.

After I had already captured swans and wild geese in my pictures, I tried my hand at wild ducks today.

I discovered this example of a mallard duck close to the waterline of our local lake.

Their chicks had just made themselves comfortable in a reed group to spend the next hours sleeping. Like any mother, the lady duck naturally watched over her chicks.

Obviously, she did not consider me a threat and showed no shyness towards me. So I could approach her leisurely to take a full-size picture of her.

For me, it is imperative not to keep the animals from their usual activities and to expose them to unnecessary stress!

I hope you stick to the same!

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!

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.