maandag 12 september 2022

North-East Germany in August

 

After some months of hustle and bustle because of our removal, we were glad to go on holiday for a fortnight. We went to the quiet North-East of Germany.
The good thing about this part of the country is the diversity in an enormous vast landscape. Mixed forests, meadows surrounded by shrubbery, streams, moors, lakes, small country roads and agricultural fields with groups of trees here and there (and hardly any tourists ;-). The ideal environment for wild flowers, insects and birds.

We were happy to stroll around in this countryside. We found and observed many flowers, lichens, dragonflies, butterflies, bugs, deer, birds of pray and cranes.
Of course I present a glimpse of all this beauty with a personal touch. 
Long live diversity!

Country lane N-E Germany

Lichen: Evernia Prunastria

Electricity house with Osprey

Pine forest

Damselfly: Lestes Virens

Several lichens and moss

Bug: Elasmostethus Interstinctus

Weed: Hieracium

Abandoned house in the M├╝ritz

Adult crane with young

Caterpillar of moth: Ethmia Bipunctella

Scarce Copper butterfly (female)

Dragonfly: Orthetrum Cancellatum

Steinhuder Meer

Kestrel looking for a prey

Young roe deer



vrijdag 15 juli 2022

Naturally! about living together in the city

 

In August 2021, my husband and I started thinking about creating a book together, on a subject close to our hearts. As a biologist my husband would create the content and I would make the photo work and the drawings. The subject would be the striking and interesting changes of nature in and around cities. For quite a period we had immersed ourselves in this development.

A a result, mainly because of the expansions in agriculture, we discovered that the role of nature in cities becomes more and more important for the liveability of humans and animals. In spring of this year, we had created a well-illustrated story based on the various urban biotopes. By putting our ideas on paper, we think we developed a modest but well-thought-out contribution to the necessary contemporary developments. We hope to inspire policymakers and citizens for this important cause.

The book is called: Natuurlijk! over samen leven in de stad", so far only available in Dutch. Some examples of the illustrations are attached. Interested? Mail me (miriamscha@gmail.com) and I'll send you a copy for the cost price (€ 10.-) + postage.

Bookcover "Natuurlijk! full colour, 40 pages, 20x20 cm
Aeshna cyanea (Southern hawker) in city garden in Holland
Wall vegetation in Paris
Segestria Florentina in Dutch city garden