nature photographyPosted by Rense May 11, 2013 20:19:35
One of the most bizarre plants in our flora is Purple toothworth or Lathraea clandestina
. The Northern border of its natural distribution area lies in Northern Belgium, and in the Netherlands it is considered not autochtonous. However, it can be found in parks and botanical gardens in the Southern and Central part of the country. Probably it escaped from the botanical garden in Delft.
Lathraea clandestina is a parasitic plant, and it is dependent for it nutrition on trees. In the botanical garden in Wageningen it grows on the roots of Acer saccharinum. Above ground only the large purple flowers are visible.
nature photographyPosted by Rense May 03, 2013 22:50:18
I joined another "Single in..." Challenge on Pentaxforums.com. Goal of this challenge is to post one photo every day for one month, made with one particular lens of choice. My choice: the Auto Yashinon-DX 50mm F1.7. And I want to shoot wild flowers with it throughout the month.
Here are some examples!
street photographyPosted by Rense Nov 11, 2012 19:45:56
After a long time of not being active I did some street shooting today. We had a nice Sunday afternoon, with magnificent autumn colours, and we went to the nearby castle park of Hemmen, NL. I found a landscape painter, and I made some photos. It feels good to be back again....
macro photographyPosted by Rense May 19, 2012 16:41:04
Two weeks ago I found a very small insect on the forget-me-nots in our backyard. First I thought it was a small ant, we have them all over. With the naked eye however, I couldn't tell what it was. Looking through the camera, I discovered a beautiful metallic blue, very tiny wasp. It's harness was sculptured, like a 'driven' metal plate or so. I thought it had to be a member of the Cuckoo wasp family, Chrysididae, although it was quite small for that. With the book about wasps I have I couldn't tell what species it was. Before I could take decent photos of it, it flew, and I couldn't find it back. Last week I noticed a similar specimen on one of the upright columbines we have in our backyard. Although I took many photos of it, none of them was good enough to show... And no wasps whatsoever after that moment... Until today! I saw a tiny bug landing on that same columbine, and even on that same flower. I grabbed my camera and made some decent shots with this beautiful insect, with the leaves of a red Heuchera in the background. I still don't know the right name for it, but beautiful it is.....
macro photographyPosted by Rense May 11, 2012 15:29:14
The backyard is still a very nice place to shoot macro photos! If you're not constantly seeking new species, it gives plenty of opportunities to shoot new and original photos. This morning, I made this photo of a very common ant species Lasius niger
. It lives under the tiles in our garden, and visits the spores of the Columbines which are in full bloom right now. This one was made on a lilac one...
macro photographyPosted by Rense Apr 30, 2012 22:47:28
I was quite pleased with this one!
macro photographyPosted by Rense Apr 27, 2012 16:27:37
street photographyPosted by Rense Apr 23, 2012 21:52:41
Probably these are a bit at the edge of real street photography. But I like them, and wanted to show them...