Anas platyrhynchos – Mallard Duck enjoying Life

Day 125 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After my tour in the Ötztal valley, I went on to the Franconian Forest in the district of Kronach in Upper Franconia.

Today’s tour led me through the Langenau Valley, where an extensive network of hunter’s trails runs through the forest.

At one of the small lakes, I came across a group of mallards, which had settled down there.

After I had positioned my camera with my telephoto lens, suddenly 2 of the ducks moved towards me.

They showed no shyness at all as if I was their parents. Very unusual, as the place is not or only slightly frequented by people.

So I had the good fortune to photograph the ducks at close range. Sometimes I had to increase the distance to the ducks again and again because I could not capture them entirely in the viewfinder with my telephoto lens (Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6 VR).

I was practically pressed by the ducks, a dream of every nature photographer.

Have fun looking at the photo.


Day 110 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I roamed the woods around the Ködeltalsperre on my photo tour.

The drinking water reservoir Mauthaus – also called Ködeltalsperre – is a dam in Bavaria, which was built between 1968 and 1972 near Nordhalben for the supply of drinking water. As a secondary purpose, it serves flood protection, low water elevation and the generation of electricity from hydropower.

The dam offers a vast range of photo motives of the most different kinds.

It also shows its charm in all seasons.

The picture shows the starter, which is located about 4.5 km before the main dam.

I can only recommend everyone to include this place on one of their next holiday destinations.

Here the link to the website of Nordhalben, which is an ideal starting point for tours around the dam.

Ribes rubrum

Day 109 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Currently, I am on a photo tour in the northern part of the Franconian Forest. Unfortunately, there are still some spots where the connection to the internet is not very good.

Therefore I am posting the pictures of the past days only now.

Today’s picture features the red currant, which was discovered near my holiday accommodation.

It should be noted that after I created the picture, I picked these beautiful berries and used them to round off my breakfast cereal!

For your information, they tasted extraordinarily good!