Baltic Coast – Castle Gluecksburg during a rainy day

Day 141 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Unfortunately, due to a heavy workload, I couldn’t continue posting for my 365 Photo Challenge. Now with the new lockdown in place, I have the time to catch up with the reposting!.
Right after my return from the Isle of Fehmarn, I had to repack my suitcase and headed up north again. This time, I went to the Baltic Coast in the vicinity of Flensburg. One of my first motifs was the Castle Gluecksburg, which has an adjacent lake next to it.
So, I had the chance to frame the castle with its reflection. The incoming rain provided a dark and dominant sky.

I hope you enjoy the image as I do!

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.

Dipsacus strigosus

Day 115 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s photo shows a Dipsacus.
The cardoon (Dipsacus) is a plant genus in the subfamily of the cardoon family (Dipsacoideae) within the family of honeysuckle plants (Caprifoliaceae).

The approximately 20 species are widely distributed in Eurasia and North Africa.

This photo was also taken freehand with my Nikkor 70-200 mm telephoto lens.

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.

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!

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!

The busy little bee

Day 96 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After 4 days in the state capital Berlin, I had to go back to nature and take some colourful pictures.

It was good that the sunflowers are still in full bloom and provide excellent motives.

Today, I complicated flowers and insects into one picture. It was adorable to watch the busy bees collecting pollen.

I hope you have as much fun as I did, looking at the photo!

Sonchus asper

Day 91 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Nature is simply a master in the creation of works of art.

On a trip to the nearby Isar floodplains, I came across this „Rough goose thistle“, which was covered with dandelion seeds all over.

Since the earth was parched due to the drought, it seemed the dandelion seeds had found a place to wait for the next rain. To then continue their journey and settle down on the wet ground to put down their roots.

Have fun watching!