Chive has beautiful pink/violet flowers. You can eat both the leaves and the flowers.
High above my head, these beech leaf buds are reaching out into the sunlight and reflecting some of it into my lens.
A new cone and fresh new leaves with a flourish – European Larch (Larix) in spring.
April 14, 2020 – Arboretum Poort-Bulten.
Do you see it? A tiny brown caterpillar on one of the leaves of this gorgeous cherry tree. Arboretum Poort-Bulten, De Lutte, April 2020.
Chestnuts buds opening up fill me with wonder – like little hands the leaves enclose the flower buds and unfold one by one.
Arboretum Poort-Bulten, De Lutte (NL) – April 7, 2020
April 2020. These cherry blossoms were photographed during a lovely walk in Arboretum Poort-Bulten (De Lutte, NL) with my niece. Reminds me of the movie ‘Pretty in Pink’.
Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae, in Dutch: schermbloemigen) have such intricate flowers. I really like their style.
I don’t know which one the above is … The picture was taken in the Tankenberg area near my hometown.
A Vanessa atalanta butterfly on a yellow Buddleja (xweyeriana ‘Sungold’). Apparently, the English name of this butterfly is ‘the red admiral’.
The Sigma lens on my camera offers the beautiful bokeh that creates a kind of transparency in the background. Of course, in downsizing the image for use on this website some of the lustre in the original was lost.
Acanthus is called Bear’s breeches in English. I don’t know of any Dutch name. Wonderfully architectural plant, with great textured petals as well.
On a very hot day in the summer of 2019 I did a macro photography workshop (Jeroen Stel, www.jeroenstel.com). Despite the blazing sun it was a wonderful day in a garden full of flowers, grasses and insects. This bumblebee decided he was too busy to wait for me to take my pictures.
Physocarpus opulifolius (in Dutch: blaasspirea) is a rather photogenic plant. It is doing quite well in my sunny and dry backyard. I love the dark red foliage, complemented by pinkish flowers in early summer that are followed by lovely glossy dark red seedheads.