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Weekend Wallpapers: Butterflies in the Garden

Sunny Sunday in August means that there are quite a few butterflies in the garden. Nationwide counts established last week that the numbers of butterflies are good this year. Good for this decade, that is. Compared with the 1990s, they still are dramatically low. So what does one do in one’s garden to make it more butterfly-friendly?
For one thing, we don’t eat all the prunes and leave some for insects. Not purely out of ecological reasons, I admit: there is simply too much to keep up with the prunes! Among butterflies, Red admirals and Commas (Polygonia c-album) are very fond of overripe fruit. The Comma I could only get in the picture when it was resting for a bit on a prune leave; the prunes it was eating from were hanging in the tree, too much in the shadow to allow for a photo.
A Small white (Pieris rapae) was laying eggs in the grass of the lawn. The back of her body almost disappears in the bokeh; I had to give priority to high shutter speed to avoid blur because of my lack of stability. Not a smart place to lay eggs, because the lawn will be mown and 15 meters further she could find enough cabbage plants, the plants to which the butterfly owes its Dutch name: Klein koolwitje.
In both cases, it was also an exercise in the free-hand use of a telezoom lens plus a 1.4x extender to achieve almost 280mm (420mm equivalent with the sensor’s crop factor)—that is what made stability such an issue…
Anyway: free to downlaod for wallpaper use!

Comma (Polygonia c-album)

Comma (Polygonia c-album)

Small white (Pieris rapae)

Small white (Pieris rapae)


Weekend Wallpaper: Iceland beach

Rummaging through old photos (a nice passtime on gray weekend days) I discovered that I never shared any of my Iceland trip pictures! It was just a short visit, in the summer of 2011. In fact, just a two-day trip after the end of a conference I attended there. Too short to say that I’ve seen Iceland, but long enough to get the feeling that it is a country where you must become a geologist, a biologist, a storyteller–or a photographer. And a country where it is better to be a visiting photographer than to be living in (sorry, Icelandic readers!) because the Icelandic idea of summer is too close to winter for me: not too cold but with the constant wind it did not feel pleasant!

Anyhow. The pebble beaches of Londrangar and Djupalonssandur (if you teleport to this location, you’re not far off, just drive west for some time) provided subjects for typical wallpaper pictures at every square meter. And think of the sound of those pebbles rolling with every wave that breaks on the beach!

Typical wallpaper picture for me means: not too distracting but enough matter of interest to catch your gaze in between, for instance when you’re switching from one app to the other or when you’re waiting for inspiration ;-). They must be simple but not boring, with a little something that breaks the (random) pattern–what I like to call in one word ‘sinplicity‘: simplicity with a little sniff of ‘sin’ to make it interesting.

As always: you’re welcome to click on the photos and download the original, larger version for your pleasure. Enjoy, and keep you life sinple!

Wallpaper Wednesday: Warm views from the desert

Some days off–time to post some wallpapers. Made a year ago, on a day tour into the desert around Abu Dhabi. Feel free to download and enjoy while waiting for inspiration at your computer screen.

Wallpaper Wednesday catch-up

Let’s make it a weekly date: Wednesdays will be “Wallpaper Wednesday” on this blog. Since I am (re-)starting blogging, let me show you last Wednesday’s wallpaper. It’s included in a single size: 1680×1050 (widescreen), but modern operating systems can adapt it to your monitor’s size–or ask me for a custom-made version 🙂


Lotus flowers, Ryoanji, Kyoto