Morning clouds over the Treene in Schwabstedt

Morning clouds over the Treene in Schwabstedt

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In the morning we heard again and again the flocks of geese resting outside Schwabstedt on one of the marsh meadows near the Treene. This morning there were still so beautiful clouds hanging over the marsh landscape, I quickly walked to the Treene bridge. The clouds were simply bombastic!

Unfortunately it was not possible for me to get close to the willow with the geese. I heard them all the time across the Treene when I took a series of cloud photos. In those days the clouds had a plasticity I hadn’t seen in a long time. We should have this weather for two weeks, with single rain clouds over a wide landscape — a dream for me and my wife

Dramatic Clouds above the Treene

Dramatic Clouds above the Treene

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Right on the first evening of our holiday on the Eiderstedt peninsula we were pulled out by bike into the Treenemarsch. It should be an unforgettable late summer evening with dramatic clouds about us, which we don’t know from home.

There should be local rain showers, but that wouldn’t bother us. As we noticed later, one rain area passed us to the northwest and the other to the southeast. So we could only enjoy the spectacle of dark rain clouds and white or coloured clouds above us.

Never before have I experienced such a rain cloud stretching from south to north in the golden hour. The whole cloud a single yellow/orange and at its southern edge it was still raining! The view goes over the Treene to the east, behind us the moor near Schwabstedt. read more and write a comment …

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.

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