A few images of the Crocus flowers. and of the lake Vekeri, near Debrecen where I live.
Image of lake Vekeri, Sepia and B&W I wanted to try something different, rather than the usual Colorful look.
The weather isn’t too logical this year, well it hasn’t been in the past 10 years or so, but it looks like Snow and freezing temperatures are over. I took a picture of a few snow flowers, after the snow dried up.
Though last year, March 15th had a nasty winter storm, as the images below show. So will have to wait it out
Well this year there won’t be white Christmas in Hungary, but Christmas cakes, cookie factory was on full steam. There is the meat that was prepared in a Salty bread kinda crust, something new we tried for the first time. It turned out great, you first make a really salty bread like dough. Season the meat, wrap it in the dough, and then in the oven for 1.5 hours or 2 hours. You then take out the meat from the dough, throw out the dough, and enjoy the meat. Great little recipe.
Then came the honey cookie factory A few hundred pieces were made, with many decorations, as you can see from the pictures. I mainly watched and took pictures of it, and naturally enjoyed eating it. I hope you like it.
And as usual, you can see the full Gallery Here
Passing through the Hortobagy plains in Hungary, we were lucky to see a special event called “Herdsmenadvent” when the shepherds bring their herds back to the barns. It’s true this year it was only symbolic, since the weather was still warm. But I got a chance to take a few pictures of the Hungarian Grey Cattle, and the Hungarian Racka Sheep. And some traditional Hungarian Shepherds, riding horses. There are also two videos for a change, I hope you like it.
And like usual, this is the link to the Full Gallery
At the end of October we did a little trip, and on the way back we stopped at the bird hospital in Hortobágy National park. This hospital houses bird that are found injured usually from high voltage electric lines. The ones that recover are usually released back to their natural habitat. Hope you like the images.
A bit late, but at the end of the month we went on a quick trip to Tiszafüred, a small town near the Tisza river in Hungary. The weather was nice, and I was able to capture a few great images, which I will be sharing here. I finally got the time to share them.
I used to upload my images to SmugMug, but since they had their overhaul, my application that I use to export images there, just started failing. So I had to find an alternative, and that’s what I’ll be trying, using Flickr now.
I hope you enjoy the images.
Some don’t like frogs, but I like taking pictures of them, I would never hold one in my hand that’s for sure
I wish I knew what this bird was, it was fishing on the edge of the river.
[update] Found it, it’s called the Grey Heron
[Update] This is the Great Egret
Wish I can put this out in full screen, this is a panorama view from a lookout in Tiszafüred
After this we visited the Bird Hospital in Hortobagy, were I was able to take some close-up pictures of some injured birds, but it was a great opportunity, which I will share in the next post. I hope you enjoy it.
Nature is beautiful in it-self, and then there are special flowers like Cactus, they don’t bring flowers like normal plants. Just a few times a year, but their flowers can be very special. See for example those flowers.
They remind me of caves, what does it look like to you? I know there are some species of flowers that eat flies, but I don’t think this is it. Though I am no expert
I though I have shared these pictures, but apparently I forgot to. There are pictures of a bee, which I know is a bee, then there is a huge bee, or wasp, looks scary, but it was peacefully working, so I wasn’t afraid of it. Hope you enjoy those pictures.
This is the Big bee or wasp, the first image is shared via Flickr, just experimenting, the rest are hosted at SmugMug
And the Regular Bees at work
And now the odd ball, a Spider it was hunting around the bees
This is one really important aspect of taking pictures. It makes a great difference where you take, or compose your picture as. you can make an image look great, or you can simply make it just a picture. For example take this family of Mushrooms.
Take this image for example, it’s from above, nothing special.
This one a bit lower angel, but still it’s like just OK I think.
And from ground level, I think the image’s look much more interesting, also I could have removed the branches from the pictures, but looking at it later, easy to say what I should have done. In the future, I’ll try to pay more attention. The Washed away background, and colors make the mushrooms stand out more. Another reason I like my bridge with the articulated screen
What do you think? what common practices do you use, or consider when taking pictures?
I’ve been away for a while, I have a full collection of images, birds, reptiles, flowers, and it’s getting harder to pick what to share. I think I’ll share one of the lizards we found in our garden. Luckily it was photogenic, and posed for the pictures I hope you enjoy. I’ll try to collect the bird photo’s, and share them next, or the flowers collections.
Hope you enjoyed it, till my next post which will probably still be about nature, the garden, or flowers…
I tried a new super macro method, stacking my screw on Macro +2, +3 +4 diopter lenses on top of the camera, some of the results were pleasing. But I’m not that happy with them. I’m trying to get my hands on some Achromatic Lens, which work on similar technology, but are much higher quality, judging from some of the images created using those lenses. One day I hope I can find one at a reasonable price.
And finally, the Gallery those came from continuously growing
One advantage of a bridge machine, is the art’s and creative settings you find on them. This is the first time, I try it, and I actually like the results. I’ve tried making panorama pictures with my Smart Phone, and tablet, but they didn’t turn out as good, though you need a wide-screen to really appreciate it. I am sure I could make panorama pictures with my dSLR, but honestly, this bridge, makes it much easier
The plains of Hungary, Hortobágy
Butterflies, are beautiful creatures, but getting the perfect picture of them, while at work proved to be pretty difficult. Those are some that I liked the most, while I can’t say they are perfect, I enjoyed viewing them, and I hope you do to.
I’m also working on some bird pictures, but still need to find their types and names and will post it once I get them sorted out until then I hope you enjoy those images…
This weekend, the garden is coming to life finally, I hope that means spring is setting in I experimented with a screw on Macro close-up lens, these were made with the +4D. Still learning how to use it, and experimenting with manual focus on my Panasonic DMC-FZ200. Enjoy….
I don’t know what this is, but it’s huge, and when they take off, they seem they have no idea where they want to go…
As Usual you can view the full Spring 2013 gallery here… Enjoy
Even though it’s March spring is still not showing up. A few really cold days showed up in the middle of march, as you can see in those pictures, frozen leaves, water frozen on trees. I hope you like the pictures.
More pictures from spring 2013 Gallery, some flowers, some snow, crazy weather