Photo blog from 2020

On this photo blog small series of photos will be added regularly. It are mostly nature, landscape, macro and night photos. I'm fascinated by the wildlife on our nature reserves and in our own garden, the beautiful details of insects, stunning sunrises, blooming heather at the end of the summer, the beautiful colors of autumn, local monuments, wonderful starry skies, ...

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Butterflies ()
Some images of the many butterflies in our garden in Scherpenheuvel. For a few years now I have been busy planting more diverse shrubs and flowers in our garden in the hope of attracting more wildlife and insects. Last summer the results were spectacular because we saw many colorful butterflies.
Little owls ()
In the spring I was able to photograph little owls several times. They were not shy and I was therefore able to make a lot of varied images. The little owl is one of the smallest owls (21 to 27cm) in the Lowlands. The little owl is mainly nocturnal and can be found in a wide range of habitats including farmland, woodland, heathland, ...
Garden birds ()
This spring I photographed a lot of birds on our lawn in our garden in Scherpenheuvel. Hereby a small selection of images of garden birds taken the past few weeks, but also last winter and summer. Regular visitors to our garden are sparrows, blackbirds, robins, blue tits, great tits, starlings, wagtails, wood pigeons, ... and the occasional black redstart, greenfinch or blackcap.
Crocuses ()
Spring is finally here. The first crocuses appear in our garden in Scherpenheuvel...
Buzzards ()
The buzzard is by far the most common and most striking bird of prey in our country. I was able to make some nice images of buzzards from a small hide in my home region.
Autumn ()
Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in nature. Hereby a small varied series of autumn photos of mushrooms and beautiful colors of trees in Scherpenheuvel and Holsbeek.
Water birds ()
A small series of images from recent years of beautiful water birds in the Low Countries such as grebes, coots, avocets, ducks, terns, ... These images were made from hides, from a small boat or simply from the water's edge.
Jumping squirrels ()
A small series of images of jumping squirrels. It wasn't that easy to get these action shots, but they do show the incredible power of these cute animals to even jump up to 6m.
Extreme close-ups of insects ()
This year I focused on micro photography, the superlative of macro photography. I develop my own automated macro rail with which I can make 30 to 60 images in steps of 100 to 300 microns (thousandth of a millimeter) and then merge them. This way I can make razor-sharp images of insects that want to sit still for a few minutes. Obviously, the latter is not and technically it is always quite a challenge. These are my best images of extreme close-ups of insects.
Nocturnal animals in our garden ()
The wildcam in our garden often registers all kinds of mammals at night, such as stone martens, hedgehogs and various types of mice. It seemed to me an exciting challenge to make some beautiful images of these nocturnal animals with my Nikon cameras. Not an easy task, however. With a laser trigger and a few flashes, with all kinds of setups and after many attempts, I managed to make a few but varied images of the stone marten and hedgehog.
Racoon ()
During one of the nights that I stayed in the observation cabin in the Ardennes, I was able to photograph the raccoon. The little bears with Zorro mask and ringed tail look cute and cuddly, but they are not. The raccoon is an invasive exotic species that has been introduced in Germany since WWII and has since spread to neighboring countries. There are probably more than a thousand in the Belgian Ardennes. Raccoons are mainly active at night and are therefore rarely seen.
Wild boars ()
This summer I went three times to the Belgian Ardennes to an observation hut on the Plateau des Tailles to photograph wild animals. I was able to take a varied series of images of the wild boars. A small group of young pigs often showed up before sunset. The big family with heavy boars and sows and also young squeakers only came at dusk or when it was already dark.