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2017-06-04 04:45 pm

Odonata. Libellen.

German calls them Libellen.

English has two words for them - dragonflies for the suborder Anisoptera and damselflies for the suborder Zygoptera.

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2017-06-02 04:29 pm

Picture dump: Flowers and butterflies in May.

The river and adjacent pond with parkland are within comfortable walking distance, so whenever there was an hour to spare I walked over (or I stopped on the way home from work in the last couple of days) to take some pictures.

I've been posting them over on twitter @sista_ray but I also want to dump them here in one place. I've started experimenting with twitter moments - which is a handy way to group tweets. Still, I can't quite let go of dreamdwidth and even livejournal (grudgingly accepted the TOS to keep up with what's left of my friendslist).

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2017-05-17 11:32 am

Yellow iris at the pond.

Have some pictures from last week when the th flowers were still very new - now there is much more but I'm at home nursing a cold.

In German Iris pseudacorus is called Sumpf-Schwertlilie or Gelbe Schwertlilie or Wasser-Schwertlilie (swamp, yellow or water sword lily). For some reason even though they are not closely related to lilies, the whole genus of Iris (a word which is in use in German, too) = Schwertlilie. I can see where the sword comes from - the leaves.

Well, the yellow iris or yellow flag is quite common around here - and it is an invasive species in other parts of the world.

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2016-10-09 07:31 pm

Autumn picture dump.

Autumn at the playground.

Took the bikes out yesterday and had a look at a playground that we hadn't been to. The kid got a handy little map at school showing all the best spots in town, so there was a new place to discover.

Kid liked it - I didn't think it was that spectacular but one of the better-maintained ones around.

While the kid played, I took my first real autumn pictures of the season.

Autumn at the playground )
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2016-09-04 06:22 pm
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Late summer.

We've had a couple of sunny days, some of them even rather hot, but today there has been quite a bit of rain, too. Yesterday the sun was out, but there was already this late summer feeling in the park - lots of spiderwebs, fading flowers and the first yellow leaves.

Here are some of the pictures I took:

Plants )
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2016-07-20 04:28 pm
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Common butterflies.

Instead of playing Pokémon Go which is hugely popular here (and played by children and adults) I decided to catch some living creatures with my camera.

They might not be imaginary, but I think they are still fantastical - at least when you look closely at them.

Butterflies )
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2016-07-18 09:00 pm
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Sunday evening stroll.

The kid being at the grandparents' and this being the summer holidays I indulged in a little picture-taking in the parkland close to our house.

I did not spot the cormorant again (yes, really) who somehow has been hanging out on the local river, but there were lots of butterflies, dragon-/damselflies, several species of waterfowl and all sorts of creepy-crawlies.

I'm doing this photo project on twitter called MissionFoto and the theme this month is Gegenlicht, i.e. Contre-jour or backlighting. I've been playing around with that a bit but there are also some more straightforward pictures.

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2015-04-22 06:38 pm

Sundays.

Yes, this is getting repetitive - all I ever do is post pictures of Sunday outings or so it seems.

The weather has been lovely, with some really rather warm days and while the temperatures have dropped somewhat we still have blue skies and sunshine. Very welcome after quite a few grey and rainy days. Hence the greenery is exploding and the birds are doing their thing and the first bees have been sighted, too.

Our Sundays have included a short bike ride along the river, so here are some of the pictures.

Various )
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2014-12-29 10:24 pm
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Unfiltered.

Yesterday I went on a snowy walk around the same-old places.

They looked different than usual.

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2014-12-01 07:43 pm
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Sunday - a week ago.

I did not leave the house yesterday - marking to do & still feeling under the weather from the cold that had me in its grip most of last week.

So tonight I revisited the pictures I took the week before on our Sunday walk and I have decided to show you some of the more experimental ones, i.e. the weird ones of water & sky.

Evening )
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2014-11-24 03:29 pm
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Grey heron in the evening.

On Sunday we just about managed to catch the last light of the day to go on a short walk.

At the ponds a grey heron was out stalking fish and then I stalked the heron with my camera. The telephoto lens is heavy and the pictures when the heron was still in the water turned out blurry because I just couldn't keep the camera steady. My camera's light spooked it and it flew into a tree.

For some reason it was easier to take a picture then:

Heron )
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2013-06-14 07:43 pm
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Yellow Iris.

Our local pond (where I saw a kingfisher earlier in the year) pretending to be a very idyllic place far away from civilization:

Mobile phone pictures )
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2012-11-15 06:52 pm
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Autumn in the municipal park.

Sunday started with sunshine, so we skipped lunch and went to the park. There were still some coloured leaves hanging around on the trees - the damp and grey weather of the last couple of days no doubt did away with them.

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