Natural History Photographs

Spring is my favorite season. In a short time span, all life that has been dormant for months reawakes from hibernation. Fountains of flowers cascade the landscape, which turns from dull brown into lush green lavishly embellished with yellow, pink and white spring flowers. So rapidly is this transformation, that in April all gloom remembrances of winter seem surreal.

Early spring is characterized by the exuberant flowering of Willow, Coltsfood, Sloe, and Lesser Celandine. Apart from Sloe, these early flowers are richly yellow. Thus, early spring's color is essentially yellow. In late spring though, white flowers dominate the landscape: Hawthorn is clothed in its bridal gown, as is Rowan. At the same time, Cow Parsley whitens road sides and grasslands, Ramsons the forest floor. Late spring is quintessentially white...

Abundant Coltsfood (Tussilago farfara)
yellowing a main road's shoulder early March.
Tapestry of Ramsons (Allium ursinum)
whitening the forest floor late April.

Amstelveen, 21 March & 26 April 2009.

"Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May", and indeed spring weather is not always conducive to insect photography. April 2009, however, offered superb weather, so I was able to add much material to my burgeoning archive. So much, actually, that presenting all new material on a single page would make this page unduly long. For that reason, I decided to split the material into subpages for bees & wasps, flies, and other insects.

Wasps and Bees

Flies in March & April Flies in May

A potpourri of insects and spiders