maandag 11 oktober 2021

The Camargue!

After quite a homely period of about a year, we set off to southern France, mid-september. We were hoping for nice walking and cycling weather and of course we were eager to observe birds, flowers and insects.

On our outward and return journey we visited some lake areas such as the lac de Madine and and the lac du Der. Our main goal was the Camargue, with its enormous diversity of waders (especially flamingos), vast nature, impressive "taureaux", salt lakes, quiet small roads, friendly people and its lovely "haute cuisine". A very nice holiday mix.
We were surprised by the large number of butter- and dragonflies. Perhaps because it was still quite warm, some 27 degrees Celsius. We learned a lot about the variety of grasshoppers. The Mantis Religiosa, the praying grasshopper, is our favourite! While jumping some 10 meters, it looks like a white butterfly.
As you can see, the nutria and the waders enjoyed the water; the scarlet dragonfly and the tree frog the pleasant sunlight.
What a wonderful life, there in the Camargue!


dinsdag 7 september 2021

The happy animal book


After the success of "the teeny weeny animal book", it seemed a logical step to keep up drawing. And so I created a follow-up nature book for primary school students.
I should, exactly as in the previous situation, stimulate the love for nature. And of course promote reading pleasure and increase the knowledge of nature. There's also an instructive world map in the back of the book.

The result is "the happy animal book", in which many animals from all over the world tell the readers very personal stories about their way of living. Most of them seem to be happy ;-)
As you can see the animals have a nice appearance and look you straight in the eye. I discovered that this inspires children to go on reading and remain interested.
In the attached pictures you get an impression of the content of the book (40 pages, full colour, hard cover).
For now only available in Dutch through the internet bookstore or also directly from me. Send me an email if you're interested,

maandag 12 april 2021

Het kleine beestjes boek: teeny-weeny animals

In the past few months, due to wintertime and corona, we were more homely than usual. So, instead of being outdoors, we studied all kind of nature aspects, such as the world of insects and the vital importance of biodiversity.
That brought me to the amazing beauty of all sorts of small animals, like spiders, insects, mollusks, crustaceans and a few cute mammals. From the only 1 millimeter springtail to the  20 centimeter hedgehog.
Inspired by the great David Hockney, I took my Ipad and started drawing these creatures. I enjoyed it so much, I could hardly stop ;-)
As a photographer I am an experienced observer, but to be able to draw in a more or less realistic way, requires much more. An interesting learning process!

Because of the cuteness of the result, my husband (biologist), stimulated me to create a children's book. Not only filled with these drawings, but also with a lot of fascinating nature facts. This way it would interest young people in the beauty and importance of nature. After all, small animals and little bugs are the basis of the food pyramid. 

To give you an impression, you'll find two examples in my blog. I thank Erik Visser for his graphic design. So far, the book is only avalable in  Dutch.

Hopefully not only children, but also their (grand)parents will enjoy this happy nature book!

If you like to receive a copy of the 40-page ' Het kleine beestjes boek', drop me a line or go to the printing office's website:

zaterdag 14 november 2020

Poetic image of the “Nieuwe Dordtse Biesbosch”


In the past six months, Marieke van leeuwen and I have been working with great enthusiasm on a richly illustrated collection of nature poetry, seventeen in number. The book shows how a nature reserve develops itself in a short time and how many plant and animal species happily occupy the area! 

In this specific case we have taken the "Nieuwe Dordtse Biesbosch" (an area in Southern South Holland) as an example. Such a development could happen anywhere where ever we give space to nature. And while doing so, we serve the earth and thus ourselves...

We hope to inspire you with this book full of endearing poems, charming birds, insects and other animals. Below, you'll find the book cover and an example of a left and right page from the book, to give you an impression.

The poems were made by Marieke, the design was created by a friend Erik Visser ( and -no surprise there- the photo work was realised by me.

So far the poems have been written in Dutch as you can see. We keep ourselves recommended to publish an English version. So let us know if you are bilingual, creative and feel challenged ;-)

To order a copy of this book contact

or send me an email and I'll take care of it:


zaterdag 10 oktober 2020

Nature in North East Germany

Last September we went, because of our good experience last year, to NE Germany, this time all the way to the Polish border. Our main goal was to visit the nature reserves in Mecklenburg, Vorpommern and Brandenburg. We had quite ideal weather for walking, not too warm or wet and beautiful spooky clouds every now and then.

We hoped to see some cranes and birds of prey and that worked out very well!

Unlike Holland and the western part of Germany you'll find here a very quiet and huge area in which, next to agriculture, there is plenty of space for wild nature. The villages are cute (apart from some eastern bloc buildings), the people friendly and the roads sometimes somewhat simple, but that's part of the charm.

On our way back home we spent some time in the Harz mountains. That's unfortunately a sad area nowadays; the bark beetle got the chance to ruin these forests because of its monoculture. You can see the effect in one of my pictures.

But, whenever we are in unspoiled nature, its a question of looking carefully and closely (especially for insects) or in the more distant environment for landscape contours  or birds. It's all worth while!!

10 Hoverflies (Surphus), 16 Feverflies (Diophus febrilis) on wild Angelica

Anklammer stadtbruch

Red backed shrike (Lanius colurio)

Queen of Spain fritillary (Issorio lathonia)

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Sunflower (Helianthus)

Cranes (Grus grus)

Wooly burdock (Arctium tomentosum)

Tansy beetle (Chrysolina graminis)

                        River Ilse in Lower Saxony                    

        Hare's foot inkcap (Coprinopsis lagopus)

White tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)

Landscape in the M├╝ritz area

Southern hawk (Aeshna cyanea)

the Hartz mountains, largely destroyed

Spring dor beetle (Geotrupes vernalis)

zaterdag 6 juni 2020

Our wild city garden!

For more than twenty years now we enjoy our garden. It’s a well-landscaped but somewhat wild city garden. Which means that a wonderful biodiversity has developed. Especially the little pond, the bushes and flowering shrubs attract all sorts of amphibians, insects and birds. The little fountain is a well-appreciated bathtub for the birds ;-).
The last couple of years we ‘ve got more time to contemplate in our garden. So it’s often coffees in the morning, drinks at the end of the afternoon -sometimes with (grand)children, family & friends (unfortunately, not now... ) and dinner in the evening. It’s a pity that our cat Puk  isn’t there anymore to keep us company and contemplate with us…
A selection of what we see and saw over the years in our garden in several seasons, you’ll find in my pictures.
So, be welcome and join us in the small and amazingly beautiful world of our biotope!