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Stellaria - "Where Light meets the Ordinary"

About this blog

So, this is the place on the web where I will give an account of my daily life. Will it be interesting? I don't know. But at least I know I will post the things which interest me.

Lathraea clandestina

nature photography Posted on 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.

May 11th - Lathraea clandestina

Flora painting

nature photography Posted on May 03, 2013 22:50:18

I joined another “Single in…” Challenge on 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!

May 3rd - Glechoma hederacea

May 2nd - Anemone nemorosa [Explore]

May 1st - Oxalis acetosella

Pentax 6×7 in Norway

Medium Format Posted on Nov 24, 2012 17:03:43

Last week I had some older rolls of 120 film developed. I experienced some trouble with both my Pentax 6×7 cameras last spring, but one of them, the older 6×7 (MU) was repaired by one of the pentaxians I know from one of the Pentax forums, and it seems to work quite well again. So, I took this camera with me during our summer holidays in Norway.

Here are some results! Some are shot with Kodak Ektar 100, other with Fuji Provia 100. Can you tell which are shot with which film? Visit my flickr stream to check your answers (by clicking on the photos).

Lofoten Bay



Black Mountains

My Niece


Rumex crispus


The Landscape Painter

street photography Posted on 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….

Landscape Painter IV

A tiny Cuckoo wasp

macro photography Posted on 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…..Cuckoo Wasp

Lasius niger

macro photography Posted on 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…

Lasius niger

Weevil in Blue

macro photography Posted on Apr 30, 2012 22:47:28

I was quite pleased with this one!
Weevil in Blue

Some with my new macro-rig

macro photography Posted on Apr 29, 2012 20:44:47

I made a flash diffuser for my external flash, mounted on a flash bracket. Hardly ever use this flash, but I saw some spectacular macro photos made with an off-camera flash, and I wanted to try it too. So, this is my set up: Pentax K-5 body, Panagor 90/2.8 macro lens with a Pentax-A 50/1.7 reversed on top, and the external flash with home made diffuser.

my macro set-up

my macro set-up
And here are some examples made with this combo. Just from our back garden… Quit some species to find here!

Snout Cleaning

It\\'s a big step up the ladder

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Some macro-shots from my backyard…

macro photography Posted on Apr 27, 2012 16:27:37



Cheilosia caerulescens?

Cycle and Cyclist

street photography Posted on 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…

April 23rd - Lonely Cyclist

April 23rd - Yellow Bike

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