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11/18/2019

Since a few days it has become much colder. Especially in the morning you notice that. But the cool autumn weather also often provides nice light and that's why I made my way to the Bielefeld district 'Heepen' last Sunday at 7:30 am. It was quite foggy and with some sunshine over the haze the conditions for landscape photos from the air would have been very good. Unfortunately the fog remained but the sun did not come through. Nevertheless such a weather situation makes interesting photos possible.

The first picture shows the fields at a small forest area, the 'Heeper Fichten'. In the background in the haze the waste incineration plant is just visible. On the second photo you can see the centre of 'Heepen' in the background. But more interesting for me would be the geometric forms in the field in front of it. I don't know why the farmer did this. But he did it very well.

Both pictures were taken with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

 

Misty morning above the fields (Bielefeld-Heepen, Germany)

Misty morning in November 2019 above the fields near Bielefeld-Heepen.

 

Agricultural Geometry (Bielefeld-Heepen, Germany)

Agricultural Geometry. Fields near Bielefeld-Heepen (Germany).

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11/16/2019

Today I photographed the district of my hometown Bielefeld where I live and work from the air. It won't be long before the trees have lost their last foliage, but now they shine in the most beautiful autumn colours. I absolutely wanted to take advantage of that.

The photos were taken with a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone. Although the 1 inch chip of the camera certainly can't keep up with a real system camera, you can take amazingly good pictures with the drone. The flight altitude of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro was about 85 meters above ground level. Much more is not allowed in Germany. The overview is nevertheless nice.

 

Bielefeld from above #1

Bielefeld city centre seen from the Stieghorst district (Germany).

 

Bielefeld from above #2

Bielefeld city centre seen from the Stieghorst district (Germany).

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11/10/2019

The 'Senne' is a landscape area southeast of my hometown Bielefeld. Originally the 'Senne' was a very barren landscape, which was unsuitable for agriculture. For a long time it was only sparsely populated and was at best used as pasture land. At some point they started to reforest the area with conifers. The 'Wistinghauser Senne' is part of this landscape and today a protected area with extensive forests and heathland.

I often visit the Wistinghauser Senne near the small town of Oerlinghausen. The pictures in this post were taken on a Saturday morning in November 2019.

 

Sunrise at the Wistinghauser Senne

Sunrise at the Wistinghauser Senne

 

Autumn at the Wistinghauser Senne #1

Autumn at the Wistinghauser Senne

 

Autumn at the Wistinghauser Senne #2

Autumn at the Wistinghauser Senne

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11/01/2019

The last days in October were very sunny and quite cool in East Westphalia. Both pictures were taken on the same day in Kirchdornberg, a district of Bielefeld, at the Teutoburg Forest. Early in the morning it was still very foggy. After the sun was higher in the sky, the early fog disappeared quickly and it became a beautiful autumn day.

I took both photos with the Zeiss Batis Distagon 2/ 40 mm CF lens.

 

Country road

Country road in Kirchdornberg

 

Forest path

Forest path in the Teutoburg Forest (Kirchdornberg)

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10/31/2019

The German Society for Mycology chooses a mushroom of the year for each year. For the year 2020, this special honour goes to a mushroom that is unusual from some points of view. The common stinkhorn stands out because - as its name suggests - it smells somewhat unpleasant. Namely after carrion. For flies this makes it extremely attractive, for humans less so. By the way, the stinkhorn is also not suitable as a edible mushroom. Then the mushroom stands out due to its special shape, which is also expressed in its scientific name: Phallus impudicus. The Latin word 'impudicus' means 'lewd' or 'indecent'. Carl von Linné, who personally gave the mushroom this name, was a good observer! I photographed the mushroom in the Teutoburg Forest, where my hometown Bielefeld (Germany) is located.

 

Common stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus)

Common stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus)

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10/29/2019

A very popular photo motif among mushrooms is the fly agaric. And with its red cap and the white dots on it, it looks beautiful. Actually, toadstools are not particularly rare, nevertheless, I have succeeded in the last years only very rarely to find them. The reason might also have been that I simply didn't know where to look. I then got to know and learned that fly agarics like to live among spruces and birches and with this knowledge I quickly found them in a spruce forest near Kirchdornberg at the Teutoburg Forest.

 

Fly agaric #1 (Amanita muscaria)

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)

 

Fly agaric #2 (Amanita muscaria)

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)

 

Fly agaric #3 (Amanita muscaria)

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)

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10/28/2019

This little fellows are a amethyst deceivers (Laccaria amethystina). The mushrooms in the photo are about 4 cm high. There are also slightly larger specimens. The color varies between a deep purple and almost white. The two amethyst deceivers here are slightly lighter. I took the photos on the northern slope of the Teutoburg Forest near my hometown Bielefeld (Germany). The whole thing was a bit tedious, because the mushrooms chose a steeper slope in a beech forest as location. Due to the only moderately bright light and the small size the camera was mounted on a ground tripod. I like to use a floor tripod and a Novoflex adjustment carriage. The camera used was a Sony 7RIV with a SEL 2.8/ 90 mm G OSS macro lens.

 

Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina)

Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina)

 

Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina)

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10/27/2019

A mushroom I find very beautiful is the shaggy scalycap (Pholiota squarrosa). It occurs very frequently in the German forests and prefers to live on deciduous trees. It can be found in autumn from September to November.

The following photo was taken one day in October with many clouds and little sun. The soft light makes the fine structures of the stalk and the cap appear particularly plastic. I like to use a floor tripod for such photos, because the light in the forest often requires somewhat longer exposure times. Here it was 1/8 second at aperture 5.6 and a set sensitivity of ISO 100.

 

Shaggy scalycap (Pholiota squarrosa)

shaggy scalycap (Pholiota squarrosa)

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10/25/2019

Autumn 2019 seems to be pretty good for mushrooms. I have to admit that I am far from being a great expert on these remarkable creatures. Beautiful and therefore worth a photo, I find them already. I started with the portrait of a mushroom, the sulphur tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare), which is very common in Central Europe. The specimens on the following two pictures live on an old tree stump and are still quite small. I found the mushrooms on the southern slope of the Teutoburg Forest.

 

Sulphur tuft #1 (Hypholoma fasciculare)

Sulphur tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare)

 

Sulphur tuft #2 (Hypholoma fasciculare)

Sulphur tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare)

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10/13/2019

Last weekend I went to the 'Tierpark Olderdissen' in Bielefeld again. During this visit I have dedicated myself photographically exclusively to the Eurasian lynxes. Now in autumn you have a better view into the enclosures, because the vegetation is not so dense anymore. And of course the autumnal foliage matches the fur ferns of the lynxes.

All photos were taken with Sony's new SEL 5.6-6.3 / 200-600 mm G OSS telephoto zoom lens. In my opinion, the focal length range is ideal for animal photography.

 

Eurasian lynx #1

Eurasian lynx at Tierpark Olderdissen (Bielefeld, Germany)

 

Eurasian lynx #2

Eurasian lynx at Tierpark Olderdissen (Bielefeld, Germany)

 

Eurasian lynx #3

Eurasian lynx at Tierpark Olderdissen (Bielefeld, Germany)

 

Eurasian lynx #4

Eurasian lynx at Tierpark Olderdissen (Bielefeld, Germany)

 

Eurasian lynx #5

Eurasian lynx at Tierpark Olderdissen (Bielefeld, Germany)

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