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With these temperatures ( >30º C.) we have dinner at the terrace of the pond. From there you have the most beautiful views at our assortment of flowers in the backyard. This one hangs down from the little balcony at the end of the ground floor of the house. We enjoy -starting 9PM- also the company of bats.


Frans Lanting at work, Luangwa Valley, Zambia, 2005 Now 67, Lanting continues to explore the world with as much enthusiasm and even more of a sense of urgency as when he started out. ‘In the last three decades, the world’s population and the level of consumption have increased dramatically,’ he says. ‘We’re not making enough progress when it comes to protecting these crucial habitats – we can’t continue to damage ecosystems to the point that they’re not serving humanity; we need to keep the planet alive for all of us.’

Frans Lanting, photographer.

 Lionesses at twilight, Chobe National Park, Botswana, by Frans Lanting

Wandering albatrosses courting, South Georgia Island, 1987  Lanting camped on the island, in the southern Atlantic Ocean, having waited weeks to capture this key moment of courtship when all the right circumstances came together: ‘It’s not just the behaviour of the birds, it’s the brooding clouds that help to define the environment. When the male spread those gigantic wings, I knew what was about to happen and chose a position right behind him. You can see the reluctant female, who’s not quite sure whether she wants to become part of his dance.’  

Water lilies, Okavango Delta, Botswana, 1989 Lanting originally went to Botswana ‘at a time when very few people knew where Botswana was’, and he brought a lot of attention to the Okavango Delta. This image depicts water lilies from underneath, so the viewer is looking up at them as if they are suspended and reaching to the sky. ‘I wanted to express an exuberance of life, and  to emphasise the fact  that the Okavango Delta is just a thin sheet of water on top of the Kalahari desert – and that is what these water lilies symbolise for me,’ he says.



Mating butterflies.

A picture of Theo Brink. In his garden he spotted a couple of mating linden-tail-tail butterflies. “A kind of reward for my small wild garden,” he writes.


Apparently frogs like fish as food.

The picture above is from Willy Nijland from Oud-Zevenaar. He spotted a big frog in his own pond, which was fishing at his leisure. “I think this is very special,” he writes.


Extra tunnel for toads in Overasselt


Overasselt – Toads can still safely cross the Donderbergweg in Overasselt next week. Under the road is an extra tunnel for amphibians. Toads, frogs and salamanders can so easily cross over to the water the river Waal of the community pond Craijenbergh.

Catch Buckets – Under the asphalt of Donderbergweg lies a number of amphibian tunnels. There are also screens that direct the animals toward trap buckets. During the toad migration in spring put volunteers of Red Toad the animals that end up in the buckets. That about 500 to 1,500 per year; mainly toads.

Bumps – The municipality Heumen lays next week at the request of the State Forest the new tunnel near the T-junction with the Loksheuvelseweg. At the same time the municipality removes the traffic locks on Donderbergweg, Parksesteeg and Blankenbergseweg. In place of the seven locks there will be four bumps.


2016/11/24 – Forklift needed to bring in halibut of 161 kilo


A wholesaler in Nijmegen has a halibut of 161 kilos and 2.5 meters long lying on the shelves. The huge fish did not just move. There was heavy equipment to pass. The fish was caught last weekend and on Monday the fishmongers announced the sale.The first bidder – Makro Nijmegen – was awarded the fish. Tuesday night the halibut in Nijmegen arrived and the fish with a forklift truck was brought to the store. The halibut was filleted on Wednesday by a specialist fish and seafood specialist.Last year sold a 300 kilo halibut in Nijmegen.
The head of the halibut will be sent back to Norway, in order to be able to determine the age of the animals. The fish otoliths and when they sawed the rings can be counted as a tree. The age of the halibut last year was almost 100 years. Probably this fish from 161 kilos around 60 years old.
Two men strong
The first cut through the fish and seafood specialist was about the middle of the fish. Two fish and seafood specialists were needed to cut the back fillet the fish and lift.


Blonde d’Aquitaine – farming

Stan Bruijsten (23) is a student at Arnheim University. He is the son of a farmer (pigs). He owns 20 cows, and runs his farm pure biological. After 6 years in the meadows of Stan the cows go to the butcher. His only goal is: to give the best quality of meat. More details on his website and facebook (both in Dutch 🙂 Mail – Phone: +31 6 3737 4936; Sources: De Gelderlander / Website: Copyright © Stan Bruijsten Vleesvee 2015


Blonde d’Aquitaine: a light-colored animal with often slightly bent downwards round horns. It is a breed from the southwest of France, that is characterized by a balanced structure of the strong body. It is a beautiful cow in the landscape. They provide lean meat.



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A hedgehog in the garden 🙂