I hope everybody has recovered by the overload of that bloody Blood Moon pictures? These shots are off the same day/night of that moon. I woke up that night and had a look at the moon and thought nothing special about it, sorry.
So went back and got our a couple of hours later. Then the moon was back to normal and I headed to the dunes. I had some shots in mind of the full moon standing low over a misty landscape. Sadly the wind picked up a bit so I couldn't get the image I had in mind. At these times you have to go with the flow so quickly drove to a marshland were the conditions where better.
I had a just [...]
Recently there was a very nice full moon rising early in the evening. So I wanted to work out an image I had in mind for a long time. Therefore I visited a roost of Cormorants and waiting for the moon to show up on the horizon. As it was getting darker the plan started to work. The cormorants where very relaxed as the moon was rising. Still it was more difficult then I expected because the moon was rising faster then I thought. So I had to work ahead position myself and waiting for the moon the get behind the bird.
But that is easier said then done. For the wright angle there was an branch getting in the way or I wasn't able [...]
When I go to work by bike I pass a site where half a dozen of Sedge Warbler are singing. The males love to use the Cow Parsley as a singing post and start their display flights from. Nowadays these site aren't mowed as intensely as before which is good news for these Sedge Warblers but also for Marsh Warblers, Reed Buntings, Bluethroats, Common Whitethroats and not to forget all the insects. I tried several times to get a shot through the flowers of the birds nicely positioned in the frame which is easier said then done. I have to manually focus because the camera has a lot of trouble to focus on the birds. It's frustrating when you got the birds in the frame [...]
Finally I have found some time for photographing from the low-angle hide. On a nearby industrial area is small wetland where up to a dozen of Little Ringed Plovers stay. I've done two sessions when the light was rights in the afternoon with the birds coming up to the hide within 5 meters. Not only does this small pool attract Little Ringed Plover but RInged Plover, Common Sandpiper and White Wagtails as well.
Last week we spend the family holiday in Belgium near Dinant. Most time we had dull grey weather with rain most of the time. Only one night the temperature dropped below zero and we had some snowfall. The next morning I took a walk around the park were we where staying taking some shots with my new compact camera (Canon G16) instead of the SRL. I was surprised by the quality and happy with the camera which I bought with the prize money of the NG Frans Lanting Award.
During a 1:1 workshop on the 14th we spend a couple of hours on a lake where a pair of Goosander was present. They where actively fishing an stealing fish from cormorants as well. After they caught enough they spend time preening their feathers. Apperently they knew it was valentine's day although the female had to pursue the male. But then he turned to be a real Christian Grey pulling her hair en taking her from all different corners by spinning around.
The Netherlands is one of the most dense populated countries in the world. A lot of nature has been lost for the needs of men and still lot of areas are under pressure. But nature always finds a way. Here lapwings gather on a submerged field on the edge of the city. While people are leaving the office to go home the birds settle for the night. The thing I noticed is that none of the workers switched of the lights when leaving contributing to the Netherlands being the most light-poluted country as well.
Winter remains dull, grey and falling snow everywhere in the country besides in the west. It makes me a bit sad and this weeping willow can't express it better. I was checking out a site for Grey Partridges but they where behind a fence. But when I passed a colony of Cormorants I noticed they where already on the nests. While I was standing there this tree caught my eye, for some reason I kept looking at it and made several shots with the telelens.
Even worst half way of the week I was truck by the flu like many others. Next day the world was all white with very nice light, wat a torture to be captured in own house....
The only day we had snowfall was just after Christmass, exact that day I was leading a private workshop. There was a distinct line that ran south of The Hague, everything north to that was green and the more you went south the more snow there was, We started the day photographing geese in the snow. Because the birds had trouble finding grass they where very mobile and soon headed north. We had some nice opportunities with flocks flying right overhead. The snow reflected the light which illuminated the birds from underneath.
We ended that day at the Brouwersdam where there's always something to photograph. There where few birds but six Grey Seals where playing near the shore. Before we sat down the seals where [...]
We had a day with snow but that disappeared as fast as it appeared. Luckely I had a 1:1 workshop that day photographing geese in the snow and ended the day with a grey seal show just a couple of meters in front of our feet. I will post about that later. Now it's back to typical winter conditions where there's not much to see. Although due to the last storms there are a lot of dead star- and shellfish at the beach which attract a lot of gulls. So I had a couple of hours to spare and went to the beach. Sadly clouds came in as well as more people going for a walk.
Now a little bit of Christmas or should I say mess? I don't like all the rubbish like cards, trees, lights, gifts, overwhelming amount of food and more of that. What should be quality time with friends and family has changed into a rush of forced commercial needs and expectations. So with the end of the year it should be time for reflections. What do I really need, what's most important? It turns out that it are the small thing right in front of you that matter most. These things are so quickly overlooked or taken for granted we forget to pay attention to it. So my wish for the new year? Appreciate the little things in life. Enjoy!
About these photos. I took my [...]
Weather bomb, a new term for me. But it means that the air pressure drops 24 milibar within 24 hours, meaning a sudden enormous storm. In Ireland and Schotland 17 meter high waves beat themselves on the cliffs. Really spectacular! Some collegues of mine are surfers and told that the most fanatics even flew to Ireland to go surfing. Madness!
When the storm arrived in the Netherlands it already lost it's strengt resulting in a 6 bft storm from the southwest. So hardly a swell, no waves over the piers or lighthouses only rain, rain and more rain.