Weltenburg, Germany, August 2014

 Another outcome of the Weasel’s experimenting with backgrounds. There are many things to take in consideration, but first – it has to exist a background worth to focus upon in the picture.

Riedenburg, Germany, August 2014

At the Rosenburg Castle in Riedenburg they keep and develop the fine art of falconry, with accent on reviving almost extinct species of birds of pray. One way to finance the whole thing is to make shows for the public in which they present and educate about these magnificent birds – vultures from all over the world, owls, kites and falcons. As time for the show to start got closer and closer, the birds, exhibited in the yard, got more and more impatient, as they knew there’ll be food soon.

One of the stars of the show was the white scavenger vulture, a very intelligent fella. His part was to show the public the technique he and his kind use when eating eggs. They take the egg and go in search for a stone on the ground. Once they found one, they drop the egg on it until it cracks and the bird can enjoy a nice meal.

Bee on a yellow flower on the Danube Gorge (Donaudurchbruch) at Weltenburg in Bavaria, GermanyAugust 2014, Weltenburg, Germany

It’s quite a tricky thing to try to show in the picture the main subject as a background, while the apparent focus lays on the objects (subjects) in the front, in the first row. It took a few tries until I managed to make the camera focus on the point I intended it to, while keeping the background to some degree visible and perceptible. It actually taught me to pay more attention the backgrounds, not only to the main subject.

The Weasel is very, very sick.

August 2014, Germany

The Weasel’s nose was very, very sick for a long time, so it got big and red like a huge tomato. Now it is all better, after many nasal sprays and tons of paper tissues.

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Burg Randeck in Essing, Germany

August 2014, Essing, Germany

I think it happens quite often to realize that something came up in the picture that the photographer didn’t see back then at the moment of taking that picture. I took many pictures of the ruins of the Randeck Castle, but only when viewing them I saw this one. The clouds, so dramatic and spectacular as they look, appeared in a matter of few minutes, changing the whole set for the Weasel’s little photography session.

Owl at the Owls Farm (Eulenhof) Deining in Bavaria, Germany

July 2014, Eulenhof Deining Germany

Following the previous post: They were observing each of our movements, with their big, yellow eyes, from the shadows. They come in different shapes and sizes, from the tiniest one just 10 – 15 cm to the really big ones. They also make different sounds, as we were greeted by some of them. There’s even one owl that sounds like a cuckoo. They even had an incubator where they had 3 newly hatched baby-owls.

 

Owls at Eulenhof Deining, in Bavaria, Germany

July 2014, Eulenhof Deining, Germany

It was a real adventure reaching the Owls Farm (Eulenhof) in Deining, East-Bavaria, since the place is advertised only through mouth-propaganda, Internet and Facebook. They have over 200 different owls from all over the world, some of which being very rare or not even existing in wilderness. They do take also injured owls and have successfully reintegrated owls in wilderness. Although the place and the financial resources are limited, the owls are taken very good care of, with lots and lots of love, too.

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