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breakfast at squirrels inn

breakfast at squirrels inn

Little Mr. Nuts is once again out to get his belly full of tasty buds. I am really lucky that this little mischief ist still around, although I bet it is already the third generation…. all documented on this blog

lost 2

lost 2

To find deers in the field you have to look very closely. Often they see you faster than you spot them. Again I just passed it, pretending not to notice, droped my bike and sneaked back. Still I couldn’t get closer than about 40m before it jumped away. Practice, Falk! Practice….

lost 1

lost 1

“Häschen in der Grube, saß und schlief…” This one wasn’t asleep at all. In fact I had a hard time getting near it. You wonder how close you actually can get if you prentend not go its way and don’t look at it.

barking at the sun

barking at the sun

May I introduce you to Lutzi, our little Jack Russel Terrier. Shes quite an old lady by now, but non the less she kept her temperament and is still very agile. Here she’s trying to catch a fly.

wee snail

wee snail

Snails are a very strange species: tentacles and eyes combined, slow gliding, building and carrying their own house made of calcium carbonate that they can lock with a “door” – well, sounds like they got all they need for living. Indeed snails can reach an age up to 15-30 years, but only held captive in more or less strerile surrounding. Into the wild they usually become 5-7 years old. This littel exemplar has a long way to go… let’s hope it’ll make it and stays out of our sink, where we found it. Did I mention that I need a…

a small prayer

a small prayer

It may be that I repeat myself, picturing all the same animals over and over again…. but winter still keeps us under his control and the sun is on a flying visit. I was just glad to see this old fellow again, jumping over my roof and balcony and finally resting on a nearby tree, enjoying the sun. It looks like it sends a little prayer to the one above that he shall send some warm sunbeams down. Guess we are all fed up with the cold – at least my batteries are empty and need a recharge soon.

Ninhursags messanger

Ninhursags messanger

Jonas dropped by with his new Nikon D90 and we went down to Offenbachs harbor. It came in handy as I had to shake off last nights exodus effects from having too much alcohol. This cold winter seems to tap new grounds for the animals. A red fox tried to sneak behind us inwardly but we saw him and for a short moment he sat down and stared at us. Later, when we took a small break at Hafen2, Mr. Reinecke passed outside shocking the gooses and the two sheeps on the lawn.

young hering gull

young hering gull

A little experiment taking this gull into the dark. The Idea is not from me, though. German PROFIFOTO Mag featured the work of Stefanie Müller (haven’t got the mag and this is quite a usual name in Germany, so no link here, sorry), who took animal portraits out of the context, namely their surrounding and put it into dim light. I was flashed by those images and tried it myself. So here’s my first attempt, using a young hering gull that I shot this summer on Sylt. The image wasn’t that sharp which keeps it from getting that brilliant look…

winter arrangements

winter arrangements

Cold, dark, weather outside, few people in the streets and no sunshine at all. Not the best conditions for a walk, but I just got my cam cleaned at the Weitsichtfestival in Frankfurt. So Ingo and me went to the nearby cemetary and found… well… Mr. Nuts.. ones more. Despite beeing quite bussy getting his inventory full of nuts he seems to be everywhere. Still a welcome model in front of my cam.

Sheeps everywhere

Sheeps everywhere

Along the road we had a little break at beautiful sea. Sheeps normaly don’t swim and this one didn’ t go any further into the water, but they can: sheep swimming

peacock

peacock

It is mating season in the land of peacocks and their high pitched cry is omnipresent when you wander through the Zoo in Frankfurt. This Indian Peafolw thought it might be a good idea to climb a tree and shout from atop, although they typically stay on the ground. Let’s face it: He is looking that good up there, that it’s fine that he left his normal surrounding. The ladys will be amused.

mr. nutz

mr. nutz

After the great storm last month, many trees around our house vanished. As if this is not enough for our fellow garden inhabitants, we added a hughe winter garden to our home with lots of noise, people, dirt and action going on. So I was very happy to meet my old chap from last year again. Here’s Mr. Nutz… lately he’s been very bussy scaping of branches from a big tree in our garden. Let’s hope there will be some new blood soon.

close bonds

close bonds

Zoo Frankfurt is always worth a visit, although the idea of locking up animals in small cages is not what I would call good. None the less, it is still a place I like to go and at least support the zoo with my entrance fee. This orang utan mother and its baby were both in one cage, with no fences between them. I just removed some of the bars to make it more dramatic. Did you know that urang utan is the Indonesian word for forrest people? (orang = person, utan = forest) And indeed they are. Let’s hope…

gull

gull

When I look through my pictures from last weeks holiday it looks like I am obsessed about birds. I never thought about it but half of my shots show birds. My favorite species are gulls. They are really great, acrobatic fliers, resourceful and highly-intelligent birds and they tend to get along with humans quite well. Some seem to live by stealing food from people that pay not much attention to the sky above. We wittnessed an old couple that got rid of their icecream, ripped off by a younger gull. This fellow was definately one of the calmer ones and…

dragonfly on the watchtower

dragonfly on the watchtower

Dragonflies are predators. In fact they help control the population of harmfull insects like mosiquitos. They can fly back an forth and even stall like helicopters. Their eyesight is 360° and they prefer to sit on higher grounds. So nature does have its killermachine up and flying…. good they do not get that big. Talking about sizes: I need to get a macro lens anytime soon…

tired after all

tired after all

My doc told me to stay at home, drink tea, and put my body to rest, so I decided to put myself on a confotable airmat in the garden – off course not without my camera. Up in the maple branches above me, a huge squirrel was satisfying its hunger and finally took a litlle nap afterwards. Sad that the red ones living here in germany will be driven out by its grey american relatives. Looks like america is dominant in more ways than just politics.

bussy bees

bussy bees

Last two days weather picked up and my new tele lens arived. I walked through our garden, and right below the willow tree the air was full of a bold “hmmmmmm”. As I looked up I saw hundreds of bees busy to get their first feast of the year.

inguana colorica ;)

inguana colorica ;)

There are about 700 different subspecies of inguanas, making it hard to distinguish them from each other. Well, this one here tripped over the digital color bucket photoshopwise, so in real life it is more pale, but I couldn’t resist coloring it.

beauty asleep

beauty asleep

Did you know that flamingos are more colorful when they are healthy? They need a certain amount of pigments in their food, mostly carotene from shrimps. This one from the Zoo in Frankfurt looks definately healthy, although it might suffer from lack of sleep due to the crowds passing by.

goosy goose up for no good

goosy goose up for no good

Spent a week in London where I met this old fellow while waiting for the squirrels to show up. Although London is great city I must admit that something alway brought me back to Hyde Park with all its inhabitants. Maybe it’s for the contrast: No noise, no stress, not much people… well, and than old goosy trying to ripp off my peanuts.

zak mckracken and the evil squirrels

zak mckracken and the evil squirrels

I always wondered if they really exist! Beeing an avid Zak McKracken player, back in the eighties, Lucas Film Games (Lucas Arts) introduced the two headed squirrel… couldn’t find it throughout Hyde Park, so his single-headed buddy came in handy.

ginger!

ginger!

We spent new years eve with friends and their cats Ginger and Fenia. Here’s Ginger not quite sure what he should think about the lens pointing at him.

guardian dog

guardian dog

On the weekly market in Ploumilliau/France I found this “tiny” dog gurading entrance of a pub. Watch out! If anyone knows what race this one belongs to, please drop me a comment.

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