Purple heather

Purple blooming heather, horses and early morning fog at NP Veluwezoom. The second picture is the view that attracts hundreds of nature photographers, including me.

Common Ragwort

Planken Wambuis, a subarea of the Dutch nature reserve the Veluwe is colouring yellow by the common ragwort (jacobaea vulgaris, Dutch: jakobskruiskruid). The plant is toxic for most mammals.

Bog Asphodel

Bog Asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum, Dutch: Beenbreek) is a red listed plant. One of the rare areas where the plant can be found, is in the wetlands Deelense Veld in NP The Veluwe.

Jardin d’émail

Jardin d’émail is an impressive artwork of French artist Jean Dubuffet in museum Kröller Müller. The artwork counts 600 square meter and people are allowed to walk on it. Since 2016, a four year restoration took place and the artwork was reopend for the audiance on June 1st, 2020.

Wild boar

I spent an evening searching for wildlife at the Veluwe and found a group (sounder) of wild boar. The young ones are lovely and said “to wear a pyjama”. The grown up animals seem less appealing.

Twelve apostles

The “twelve apostles” is the nickname of this impressive multi-stemmed tree (a beech) in the Wilbrinkbos, near the dutch village Voorthuizen. The roots are most likely very old, but the trunks are not, as they were cut from time to time.

Blossom

It is blossom time in the Betuwe, the famous fruit region of the Netherlands.

Of course, as photographer I am bound to Corona restrictions, like everone else in the world. Fortunately, I am able to visit quiet places, not too far from home and almost always in weekdays during office hours when it is quiet in nature. And often it is possible to shoot the photo from the car.

Binnenveldse Hooilanden

The “Binnenveldse Hooilanden” is a new nature reserve under development and situated between the Dutch cities Ede, Wageningen, Rhenen and Veenendaal. Despite of the construction works, many birds, like this godwit, have found this area already as a good place to stay.

Blauwe Kamer

Blauwe Kamer is a riverside nature reserve between the Dutch cities Wageningen and Rhenen and along the river Nederrijn. The area is an interesting birding site and is home for a colony of spoonbills. Today, I encountered this foraging stork

Nesting

The spoonbills are back in the country and started with nesting. This bird – seen in nature reserve “Blauwe Kamer” (see next post) –  has found a usefull branch for the nest.