20-08-06

Kneu (Linnet, Carduelis cannabina)

 

It is just one little bird on a wire, in the universe,

a dot on a line in the sky,

but it made me smile.

 

Het is maar één klein vogeltje op een draad, in het universum,

een stipje op een lijn in de lucht,

maar het deed me glimlachen.

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26-07-06

Baby huismuis met een stukje chocoladewafel

Baby huismuis met een stukje chocoladewafel (klik op de foto voor een grotere versie): dit is er eentje van mijn maakjedagnatuurlijk-site die gratis bureaubladen (en mailplaatjes) aanbiedt om je dag op te fleuren.

En nu we het toch over dieren hebben, hier is een test die ik, de kraai, kreeg van mijn vriend de das.  Dus, als je wil weten welke dierenpersoonlijkheid jij hebt ? Het zijn niet veel vraagjes die je moeten invullen, maar het is wel in het Engels.

 

 

Baby house mouse with a piece of a chocolate waffle  (click on the photo to see a larger version) : this is one of my “make your day naturally” site that offers free wallpaper (or mail images) to cheer up one’s day.

And now that animals are the subject, here is a test that I, the crow, got from my friend the badger.  So, if you want to know what animal personality you have ?

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18-07-06

Afkoelen aan de zee (Knokke)

 

Cooling off at the seaside (second heat wave this summer) in Knokke.  But as usual I’m having troubles to select the best picture.  Is there a best one ? What is your preference ?

 

Niets heerlijker dan lekker afkoelen aan de zee als het een hittegolf is.  Maar zoals gewoonlijk kan ik weer niet kiezen tussen mijn foto’s.  Is er nu een opvallend betere ? Welke zou jij kiezen ?

 

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01-07-06

Today I prefer it blurry . Vandaag kies ik voor wazig.

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18-06-06

Evening walk at the seaside

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14-06-06

Beaufort II : Portable temple of Ai Wei-Wei , Nieuwpoort

 

When I walked along the estuary of the river IJzer in Nieuwpoort (June 5) and I saw the mudflats of the nature reserve, the birds, the sail boats, the lighthouse and all this with the wind blowing real hard, I forgot everything else.  I had figured out that it should be possible to see the temple (Portable temple of AI WEI-WEI) at the other side of the river in the dunes with the binoculars but I was already at the beach before I remembered that.

More than 30 works of art of Beaufort II along the Belgian coastline can be visited till Oct.1

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23-05-06

Almost June

 

 

Time to “drop” some cows in the nature reserve “Schor Ouden Doel” (intertidal marshes in the brackish area of the river Schelde).  A crazy wind was blowing for several days, reed and plants had tough days bending and stretching (and I can’t make sharp pictures, not enough light to raise the shutter speed  - no time (because my company is marching further) to try another one with a low shutter speed so that you see the movement itself).

 

 
 

“Where are we, girls ??”

“I don’t know, Bertha.  I can’t see a thing.”

“All we can do is eat us a way out !”

“Yes, let’s do that, Martha”

 

And that’s exactly why nature conservationists put cows in this marsh.

 

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09-04-06

Evening in "het Groot Rietveld", Melsele (the Big Reed Field, nature reserve)

 
 
 
 
 
 

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14-03-06

Racing with a couple Great Crested Grebes : 1

 

… along the  Moervaart (small canal) in Moerbeke.  Two Great Crested Grebes,

let’s call them PC (Podiceps cristatus), were swimming there.  Trying to photograph them I noticed their speed and that is amazing !!

 

I also learned that nice reflecting water can become so busy with lines and colors, that the subject (in this case the PC’s) almost vanishes in it.  So large water surfaces are more interesting if you want to picture birds only.

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2. They dive …

 

… and swim under water at the speed of me walking real fast (almost running).  I wished I could have measured how many meters they stayed under and at what speed they were swimming.

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3. Unnoticed they pass a cat

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4. One pops up first

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5. Swims in a circle ...

 

…  while looking around and trumpets the other : “Puut puut, where are you ?”

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6. The other PC catches up fast “Here I am, honey !”

 

And then they dive again and that’s how they swam for at least a kilometer until they reached a natural border of the canal with reed instead of an artificial straight border with stones.

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10-03-06

Walking on the mud flats (Paardenschor, Doel)

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02-03-06

Upside down trees

 
This just looks like a reflection of a tree in the water and not like a hanging tree !! So, it must be a tree standing all alone, no background and no bushes beside it either, and the sky must be white.  So, that isn’t that simple after all J  If I meet that situation one day, I’ll make a photo of it.

On nov. 12 you see a picture of the supermarket that I rotated and there everything seems to be hanging.  So maybe it is the white sky that is crucial.

 

While an artist is turning pictures upside down and I am considering whether that is artistic, unscrupulous wood traders cut down the forests of the Pygmies in Congo in exchange for some soap and salt. 

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21-02-06

Grey days (Paardenschor - Doel)

 
The water is as grey as the sky, but in nature reserves there is always beauty.  Does water always have the same color as the sky ?

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17-02-06

Winter fur

 
Winter fur of a semi-wild horse in the nature reserve Plaat van de Vliet (Zeeland).

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06-02-06

Wintering geese are still around

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28-01-06

Flanders : Jackdows (Kauwen) getting ready to sleep

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24-01-06

Flanders : the Siberian cold is moving in (so the weatherman says)

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21-01-06

Verrebroekse Plassen, Verrebroek (Beveren) : sleep flight of wintering geese.

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04-01-06

Reed sea

Meanwhile it was nice to have a day with a few hours of sunlight over here.  The sea of reed (in the brackish marsh : Sieperdaschor), waving in the wind, lightened up and was - accompanied by the familiar sounds of Geese, Bearded tits (Baardmannetjes), Widgeons (Smienten), … - hypnotizing to look at. 


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30-12-05

Iceflowers here, a thick layer of snow at the Flemish coast.

-1° C, the freezing mist covers everything with a thin white layer.


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07-12-05

Most yellow

I’ve been waiting three days for a flash of sun in the grey sky and today there were several and they lit up  the Quercus robur in the most yellow and gold.

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03-12-05

I am so fond of the Quercus robur

(Zomereik - English oak, pedunculate oak, truffle oak)

His splendid autumn coloring is only one of his enchanting characteristics.

Speaking of trees, the WWF sends you this message : every day about 270.000 trees are flushed down the drain or end up as garbage around the world.  Every time YOU use a toilet roll or other tissue products you might be directly contributing to environmental destruction.  SO, buy recycled toilet paper !! Read all about saving forests : http://www.panda.org/about_wwf/what_we_do/forests/what_yo...    They use two striking pictures of a toilet roll : the paper is bark.


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27-11-05

This view on Blokkersdijk …

… is just for the beautiful winter effect.

 

Note : the blog counter reaches his first 1000.  Comments are scarce, but visitors do drop by to have a look and a read : hurray.


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Icy colors

at the nature reserve Blokkersdijk (Antwerpen-Linkeroever) and  the visit of a Mergus merganser (Grote zaagbek, Goosander).


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22-11-05

Who did this ?!!

How do Motley parasols come to their end ? Maybe not while standing upright ? Maybe after  they spread their spores, the stipe breaks.

 


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18-11-05

Organic food is alive !

Organic food is worth the effort : the vegetables are so healthy that they are even running around !

 

Biogroenten zijn echt de moeite : ze zijn zo gezond dat ze zelfs rondlopen !

Puur Natuur, boerderijwinkel Hennissen-Verhelst, Kalishoekstraat 93 te Melsele, open: ma-wo-vr. 10 tot 19 uur, zat. 10 tot 17 uur., tel.03/775.60.16.


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