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!

Rain clouds over the Stubaier mountains

Day 118 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After a rainy night, the weather cleared up in the morning, and nothing more stood in the way of my tour to the Schwarzseekogel (2931 meters). But it must be noted that the weather forecast predicted rain again already at 14:00.

The ascent was via the Giggijoch (2200 meters), the Rotkogel hut (2660 meters) along the Schwarzsee to the summit of the Schwarzkogel.

Unfortunately, I could not reach the summit because of the heavy rain.

Nevertheless, I managed to take pictures of the opposite mountain range during the ascent, which were partly covered by the rain clouds.

A spectacle of a particular kind!

The photo shows Windacher Daunkogel (3330 meters), which was hiding in the clouds, as well as the Wilden Leck (3359 meters) in the left part of the picture. In the right part of the photograph, the Stubaier Wildspitze (3341 meters) rose.

I have to say that today I find it especially difficult to carry the heavy camera equipment in addition to the high mountain equipment.

You just notice that you are getting old slowly!

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.

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.

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.

Castel Burgk

Day 111 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s photo was taken in the Nature Park „Thueringer Schiefer gebirge / Obere Saale“.

Taken from a lookout tower, called Saaleturm, it shows Castle Burgk and the river Saale, which meanders through the nature park.

I was fortunate with the weather because it had rained cats and dogs shortly before this picture was taken.

Especially the dark sky with thick clouds adds a particular drama to the picture.

Have fun looking at the photo!

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.