Tuesday, September 30, 2014

White storks

A pair of White Stork hunting on a meadow. I saw them last week, unimpressed by me or the cars.

White Stork on a meadow

White Stork

White Storks on a meadow

Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Common Moorhen

I saw these moorhen last week; one is juvenile bird from this year. Moorhens became rare in southern Germany, but these live close to a big city and in a crowded park.

Juvenile Moorhen in a park

Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

Linked with I'D Rather B Birdin.

Brown Fur Seals in Namibia

Brown Fur Seals are common on the Namibian coast. There are about 300000 or more individuals living in large colonies. During the last years was heated discussion about hunting the seals and the methods they are forced to bread on the coast.
These photos are made during an excursion on the Cape Cross reservation some years ago. It is stunning place, with seals up to the horizon. Not on the photos are the noises and the smell, it was very loud and reeked of old fish, rotten meat and large predators. 

south african fur seal colony in Namibia
The seal colony.

South african fur seals in Namibia

brown fur seal colony in Namibia

A young brown fur seal
A curious young one.

 Linked with Viewing Nature with Eileen.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dog Stinkhorn, Mutinus caninus

Dog Stinkhorn, Mutinus caninus

Shared with Wordless Wednesday and image in ing.

Paper under a microscope

Paper is just a thin material made of fibers, mostly cellulose. During a microscope the fibers looks like a chaotic mesh. 

Washi paper under the microscope
Washi paper; a very thin Japanese paper made of paper mulberry.

Japanese paper, washi under the microscope
Washi paper, at a higher resolution.

tea bag paper under the microscope
Paper of a tea bag.

paper under the microscope -  a tea bag
Tea bag paper.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Eurasian Jay

This Eurasian Jay was very inerested in what I'm doing, but he did not dare to come closer.

Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius) in Germany

Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius) in southern Germany

Linked with Our World Tuesday and Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Hoverflies of the late summer

Some late summer hoverflies.

 Long Hoverfly - Sphaerophoria scripta - on a yellow flower
 Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta)

marmalade hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus - macro photo
Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) as an ant transporter.
Linked with Macro Monday and Makro Montag.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Great Egret Party

I saw this flock of Great Egrets on a lake of a carp aquaculture in my area in southern Germany. First, I thought I disturbed them.

Flying Great Egrets

Flock of Great Egrets

Flock of Great Egrets starting to fly

But they flew to a resting tree, about 100 meters apart.

Flying Great Egrets

Flying Great Egrets

And had a lot of things to organize there.

Great Egrets on a resting tree

Great Egrets on a tree

There were also three Grey Herons, one was flown away with the Great Egrets, the other two were starting later.

Grey Herons on a lake

And chose a tree opposite to the Egret colonie.

Two Grey Herons on a tree

One tried to find connection to some White Storks near the lake.

A group of White Storks and a Grey Heron

Linked with Viewing Nature with Eileen, Wild Bird Wednesday and I'D Rather B Birdin'.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Zebra in black and white

Have you had a look in the face of a zebra today?

                                                                      Now you have the opportunity.

Zabra Face Black and White Photograpy

Shared with The Weekend in Black and White.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nystatin crystals under a microsccope

Nystatin is an antifungal chemical derived from bacterias; it has the pretty systematic name: (3R,4R,7R,9R,11R,15S,16R,17R,18S,19E,21E,25E,27E,29E,31E,33R,35S,36R,37S)-33-[(3-Amino-3,6-dideoxy-β-L-mannopyranosyl)oxy]-1,3,4,7,9,11,17,37-octahydroxy-15,16,18-trimethyl-13-oxo-14,39-dioxabicycl o[33.3.1]nonatriaconta-19,21,25,27,29,31-hexaene-36-carboxylic acid. Ok, I prefer Nystatin. The chemical used in many applications in medicine, these are crystals from a veterinary medicin against fungi infections. Under the microscope, they look like small bushes and almost dendritic. 

Nystatin crystals under the microscope
Nystatin crystals under the microscope (magnifiaction 250x).

Nystatin crystals under the microscope (magnifiaction 250x).
Nystatin crystals under the microscope (magnifiaction 250x).

Nystatin crystals under the microscope (magnifiaction 250x).
Nystatin crystals under the microscope (magnifiaction 250x).

Nystatin crystals under a microscope (magnifiaction 250x).
Nystatin crystals under the microscope (magnifiaction 250x).

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fernleaf Yarrow

The Fernleaf Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina) is common flower in gardens, but it was also used for medical purposes or for staining clothes. 

Fernleaf Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina)
The flower of yarrow.

Fernleaf Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina)

Linked with Makro Monday
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