Snakes, butterflies, birds and places
Long time since my last post…
For the last two months (June-July) I’ve been very busy exploring places and finding new species, and not photographing as much as I would have liked. Nevertheless, here are some shots.
First, some shots from the Retezat Mountains:
–Bucura Lake at an altitude of 2040 m:
-A remote location with plenty of rare butterfly species:
-The Retezat mountains in the morning, as seen from some distance:
-The Moon and some flowers, from 2000 meters above sea level; our natural satellite doesn’t seem larger from that altitude unfortunately :). The shot is a composition from two differently focused images.
-And an inspiring location, the Sarmizegetusa Regia capital:
And now for some butterflies:
–Aglais urticae (a female with open wings, laying eggs, and the eggs):
–Limenitis populi (with an “old” female up in a tree photographed by my wife, and a male on a dead frog; both male and female are of the form tremulae):
And some shots from the Cheile Nerei area:
And some snakes:
-The horned viper (Vipera ammodytes ammodytes):
And a large beetle, Carabus gigas:
Finally, the last visited region, Dobrogea, with the superb area of the Macin mountains:
A White Stork (Ciconia ciconia):
A young Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo):
–Eudia (Saturnia) pavonia larva:
And one of the most restricted butterflies of Europe, Apatura metis. Despite being restricted to a few locations in Romania, this individual was one of more than 80+ individuals flying around us in one small area near the Danube river.
And with slightly opened wings, next to a dead frog:
Nice way (this last species) to end the holiday (for now) 🙂