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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 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!

May 3rd - Glechoma hederacea

May 2nd - Anemone nemorosa [Explore]

May 1st - Oxalis acetosella



Lord and Ladies (Arum maculatum)

nature photography Posted on Apr 21, 2012 09:36:49

Yesterday, I had an excursion to the Imstenraderbosch, in the very South of the country. Earlier this week I had seen this plant – Lord and Ladies – in the Hallerbos, but only still in bud. In the Imstenraderbosch, the first were flowering. I chose to shoot one with (filtered) backlight.

April 20th - Arum maculatum



Bluebells in the Hallerbos

nature photography Posted on Apr 17, 2012 09:47:12

Yesterday I visited the Hallerbos, one of the famous Bluebell forests in Flanders. It’s an ancient forest on loam, with an extensive population of Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). Since we – dwelling the northern Low Countries – don’t have this species, we don’t have the woodland types characterised by this species either (duh): the Endymio-Carpinetum and the Endymio-Fagetum.

It was worth the trip. As far as the eye could see the forest floor was covered with a blue carpet of Bluebells in full bloom. It was a pity that the Beeches were late, because the combination of the blue of the Hyacint with the fresh green of the Beech leaves is something special, but ay, you can’t have everything, do you? Without the green it was great nonetheless, and in this way there is a good reason to visit the forest again next year or so…:)

Here some of my first photo’s… Probably I will post more in the next days…

Bluebells - Hallerbos

April 16th - Bluebells



Willows and Poplars

nature photography Posted on Apr 12, 2012 22:13:52

Just a snap of sunlit willows and poplars against the dark rain clouds of this afternoon….

April 12th - Willows and Poplars



Cherry blossom with the Helios 44K-4

nature photography Posted on Apr 06, 2012 10:54:27

I brought myself in serious trouble again, by signing up for another “Single in … ” Challenge on Pentaxforums.com. The whole idea is to shoot one lens for a whole month and post/upload one photo a day with this lens. My lens for April is the Helios 44K-4, a Pentax dedicated version of the Russian copy of the famous Biotar…

This is my photo for the 5th of April.

April 5th - Cherry Blossom



Rhythm and Blues

nature photography Posted on Sep 22, 2011 21:06:47

Yesterday morning, I shot this photo in the woods near Ede. The light was fantastic and I tried to capture just that. And although the colours were fine, I thought I’d bring out the structure better, and convert it into B&W. Hope you like it!

September 21st - Rythm and Blues



A rainy day…

nature photography Posted on Jul 26, 2011 21:16:46

We had a very mopish day today, and it wasn’t the first this week… However, sometimes rain makes some real nice photographs, as long as the photographer has the guts to go out. I didn’t, but I had to, because I had to do some vegetation mapping for my boss… And in the meantime I shot some rainy photos…

Spiders Web

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B&W Clouds

nature photography Posted on Jul 21, 2011 22:49:13

Nothing makes a good B&W photo like clouds….
Sun and Clouds



Arnica montana

nature photography Posted on May 23, 2011 23:52:56

One of the severely declined species in the Netherlands, Arnica montana. The largest population can be found at the Infantry Firing Range Harskamp, where more than 60,000 plants were counted. I was able to shoot the beginning of the flowering period today.

Arnica montana

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