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Echium vulgare — viper’s bugloss

Echium vulgare — viper’s bugloss

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The flowering period of these plants, which are particularly popular with bees, is from May to October. Their special feature is the widely protruding stamens, which are sometimes used by bees as a land help. In our garden, the Blue Viper’s Head is one of the many flowers in the bee pasture, which we have planted on approx. 12 sqm at the end of the property.

Since we planted them quite late this year, the plants did not start to bloom until July. But since then there is a lot of activity in the bee pasture during the day. Many species of wild bees, ground bumblebees and also honey bees can be found here. I have brought some pictures with wild bees in the Blue Viper’s Head here, if you look closely you can see on picture 0028 how the bee lies on the stamens: read more and write a comment …

Honeyball or Button Bush

Honeyball or Button Bush

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The high season of bees in our garden begins. With a new bush called Honeyball or Button Bush we have extended the offer for the bees in our garden. Last year we planted Coneflowers to the bees‹ delight, but now we also have a few button bushes with their special flower shapes. We had the idea long before the COVID-19 pandemic, but this flower shape has a certain similarity with pictures of the virus …

At the end of the garden, we also created a bee pasture, a strip of about 1.5×8 meters. There is a lot going on now!
Pictures will follow.

Golden Raincloud (Pano)

Golden Raincloud (Pano)

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In the months since the beginning of the Corona Pandemic I not only work from my home office but also don’t come out of Buchholz to take pictures. But that doesn’t do any harm to my photographer’s eye. It’s great to discover new motifs and perspectives on regular walks along the fields of Steinbeck and Meilsen. In addition, there are also the local areas of heavy rainfall, which repeatedly sweep across our landscape throughout the summer. So this time Astrid and I went out directly after a heavy rain shower to enjoy the golden hour over the fields. We could still see the rain front in the north-east when we arrived at the edge of the field. On the way down to Meilsen the sun sank deeper and deeper and prepared us for a wonderfully strong golden hour.

What a cloud front — dipped in gold! The rain front in the foreground, which still gave the whole thing a natural frame, I still took with kissing hand. And of course I had to make a panorama of it, by the way, with more than 12.000 pixels width easily printable over 1,5 meters. I would make the picture well behind acrylic glass on a wall in the living room! read more and write a comment …

Guesthouse Hoheluft

Guesthouse Hoheluft

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Only 5 minutes on foot from home, this ancient path runs between the fields to the Guesthouse Hoheluft. Again and again I pass here on walks, but most of the time I don’t have my infrared camera with me. Last time in mid-June, during an almost dramatic sunset.

In infrared the motives always develop their own drama. I love the strong contrast of this shot and that the different shades of green of the plants do not distract from the actual composition.

Rainbow season

Rainbow season

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Golden hour, rain clouds and we just came back from the cornfields when this rainbow opened up in front of us. The small street in the foreground is not noticeable at all and due to the stately avenue trees, the residential area alongside the cornfield fields is completely covered. Almost pure nature photography.

Grain in warm evening light

Grain in warm evening light

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The last few evenings we were drawn out into the cornfields around Steinbeck. Barley, wheat and rye are about to be harvested, rye and barley are already bending down. The cover picture shows an ear of barley in the warm evening light. Typical are the long awns that characterize the barley. The rye is a little different. Although it also tends downwards as it ripens, it has only short and, above all, equally long awns, as the following picture shows: read more and write a comment …

Rain clouds at sunset

Rain clouds at sunset

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It was again one of those evenings, where it was worth to take the camera with you on the evening walk. Shortly before sunset a rain front approached from the southwest and quickly pushed itself over the cumulus clouds in the north. It was great to see how the front edge of the rain front was illuminated by the sun from behind. What a spectacle of color!

You don’t have to travel far to experience great light moods. And sometimes even a corn field in the foreground is enough.

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