Every year on May 4th, the Dutch commemorate civilians and soldiers who have died in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or elsewhere in the world since the outbreak of the Second World War, both in war situations and in peacekeeping missions. This month, I visited the Arnhem Oosterbeek war cemetery. I just focussed my camera on one of the many tombstones and searched on the internet for more information about this young person who died for our freedom.
I spent a day in a photo hide at the Veluwe, owned by Dutch photographer Geurt Besselink. A great experience! The first photo shows a hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes, Dutch: appelvink), a beauty in our local forest. The second photo is a woodpecker (Dendrocopos major, Dutch: Grote bonte specht), also one of my favorites.
Hair ice or frost beard, can form on dead wood and takes the shape of fine, silky hair. This may happen when a specific fungus, exidiopsis effusa, is producing water inside the wood, being pressed out. When temperature is below zero and the air is humid, the water will turn into ice. A spectacular phenomenon.
A remarkable project at Ginkelse Heide. The soil quality of the area has deterioted rapidly over the last years with a lack of lime as a result. The consequences for nature are huge. Oak trees die and some bird species suffer from broken poots. The municipality of Ede started this project to sprinkle shell grit with a helicopter, a project planned fot 10 days.