Shit — slipped!

Shit — slipped!

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I liked to watch the bees on the yellow coneflowers. At the end of the day they were usually quite tired and only moved slowly on the flowers. This wild bee crawled out like a springboard on one of the petals. I actually thought it would fly over to the next coneflower, but suddenly it had slipped and was visibly in need of returning to the flower.

I couldn’t see why it hadn’t just flown. But maybe she was at the end of her life and just didn’t have enough strength?

Bee in spider’s web

Bee in spider’s web

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As soon as bees and bumble bees are happy on the cone flowers, other animals also try their luck with these plants. A spider had stretched its web between the flowers and one evening I found this bee in it. She had fought again and again to free herself from the sticky tangle of spider threads. Even if she didn’t succeed, the entangled one was at the same time not deeper into it.

I took these pictures against the light of the flat sun. You can even see the rays of the sun from a damp spot on the bee.

In the end I couldn’t see how the bee was still tormenting herself and helped her with a small stick. Then she crawled over the boundary stones of the bed and flew away a short time later — lucky that the wings were not caught in the net!

Coneflowers & Bees

Coneflowers & Bees

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As the first flower of lavender slowly came to an end, we were able to offer bees and bumble bees a good nectar-rich substitute for their feeding in our garden. It was beautiful to see how the bees were making their way over the blossoms and repeatedly pushing their heads deep into the blossoms.

Especially the white and yellow coneflower, but not the purple coneflower, also known as Echinacea, attracts bees and bumble bees. The Baby Swan White comes from North America and is therefore probably not known to our native insects. The photos in this article all show the white sun hat called »Baby Swan White«, which has yellow chaff leaves.

Some even show that the bees have pollen on their eyes! read more and write a comment …

Hapag Lloyd (Infrared)

Hapag Lloyd (Infrared)

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Finally once there were great clouds over the city at the end of the day and so I quickly drove to the Alster to capture the view over the Binnenalster to the Ballindamm in this picture. Since the trees seem so small here, the clouds do the rest to strengthen the image impression of this infrared photography.

In the picture, partly covered by the Alster fountain, you can see the main building of the Hapag Lloyd shipping company. About 20 years ago I was in the building several times because the shipping company was a client of my former employer. To the right of it you can see the church tower of the main church St. Jacobi, which is located on Steinstraße.

Wolves!

Wolves!

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A pack of wolves in the wildlife park

For a long time the wolf pack in the Wildlife Park Schwarze Berge was on my wish list for a few photos. Certainly because it is a very difficult environment to photograph the wolves. A wooded area prevents the view of the wolves and shades the whole motive very far. When the sun is shining, the contrast is quickly too high to make proper animal portraits. So it was even nicer for me to have borrowed the great telephoto lens with which I had already photographed the storks in Schwabstedt and the seals on the seal safari. Almost all of these pictures here were taken with 560mm focal length. read more and write a comment …

Lynx in the Wildlife Park

Lynx in the Wildlife Park

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Lynx Finn in the Wildlife Park Schwarze Berge

At a time when lynx youngsters had just been born in the Wildlife Park Schwarze Berge, we had the opportunity to see the father of the young lynx on his observation tree. At first he lay there sluggish, his front paws pressed against the tree. From time to time he opened his eyes slightly and looked if anything had happened in the enclosure, but mostly without lifting his head magnificently.

But when we passed the enclosure again some time later, Finn was a little more on his guard. With his hind legs stretched, he lay down on a trunk and stared a little at my side. Probably a child had attracted his attention. But then there was some movement in the lynx. read more and write a comment …

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