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 Urospermum dalechampii, wild flora of the de Costa Blanca huismanfoto

"Plants" 
Pericallis webbii, photographed on La Palma in February 2007

daylilies belong to the finest garden plants

          "Without plants no life".  And not only for our food to eat, but the more (?) for enjoyment of their beauty. In this matter plants and music have a lot to do with each other: What would life be without? Right!!
          Also not only rhododendrons and other (garden) plants are important for me, but certainly also wild plants, like the wild flora of the Costa Blanca in Spain and wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains of Canada. As photo-designs also unbeatable!!

Carpinus japonicus, a shrub or tree with nice large  hops

Orchis italica - e rather common orchid, but so beautiful with different teints and flecks etc.

Ophrys heldreichii - one of the fine orchids, difficult to distinguish.....

Serapias lingua, a quite different type of orchid.

 
Album 101 wild flora Costa Blanca 1
Album 102 wild flora Costa Blanca 2
Album 103 wild flora Costa Blanca 3
Album 104 wild flora Costa Blanca 4
Album 105 wild flora Costa Blanca 5
Album 106 wild flora Costa Blanca 6
Album 67 wildflowers of La Palma 1
Album 68 wildflowers of La Palma 2 
Album 122 wildflowers Algarve 1
Album 123 wildflowers Algarve 2
Album 124 wildflowers Algarve 3
Alpine flowers Bernese Oberland

Plants give life

 

           May be an empty saying, but photographing always means that you are making a photo of something.  Then it is questionable if the photo itself or the object is the most important thing. The best would be a wonderful photograph of a wonderful object. We are not talking about snapshots, right?
        When I started to travel to Spain to the Costa Blanca my first digital camera was the Olympus C2500L with 2.5MP and a resolution of  1712 x 1368 px. The results are not as good as the present digital SLR's, like the Nikon D5200 which I use since 2013.  Now I have also the very good Panasonic G9 and the Sony A6300. Progress for you...!!And of course we can see this, though some pictures are not bad at all! In this case mostly the object, the plant, is in question. I still have to scan many slides of wildflowers of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. But I know, that we have to deal with a quality loss of, at a rough estimate, 25 % of the picture. I used for many years, also in Canada, the analog camera Olympus IS 1000 with good results. But nevertheless with loss of quality with scans.
          Nature or architecture, wildflowers or church interiors, I all love it to photograph. Ruins of convents and churches are a fine item too. When I scan slides of  flowers or churches, I remember again the beauty of the photographic reality again. A  visual souvenir. Yes, that's the right expression. Even the smallest orchids I remember where they grew and where I photographed them. Well enough of this romantic nonsense.......
         One of the most enjoyable things to do for me, is to stroll through the mountains and woods to photograph wildflowers at many places. As you see the Costa Blanca in Spain, but also the Canary Island La Palma, the Algarve in Portugal, the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland and more recently the beautiful but quite unknown state of Oregon in the USA. You can see the results in many albums of the wildflowers there. And the Dolomites in northern Italy to come as well as a trip to Austria. I call it sometimes "God's showroom", and that's the way I see it!!
        And the Canary Island Tenerife - many beautiful wildflowers! Especially the Echium wildpretii!!!
April 2011 we were 2 weeks on Crete. What an interesting wildflowers, especially the wild orchids. See right below!!
May-June 2013 we were in the southwest of the USA to visit the National Parks. Also many fine wildflowers to photograph. Enjoy my 7 albums, see below!!!
And September-october 2018 a safari trip of 3 weeks in Namibia. So good. Even in a very dry jperiod there are some nice wildflowers and trees.
         Enjoy the pictures!

NEW!!! Wildflowers of the Costa Blanca in Spain:
Since 1998 we visilted many times the Costa Blanca in Spain. Mostly from January till the beginning of April. We take a hotel in Benidorm, rent a car, and drive through the inland and along te coast. Enjoying nice landscapes and mountains till 1558 m high. And cities, villages of hardly 50 people (!) And photographing wildflowers that flower in this time of late winder and early spring. On the left side you see 6 albums, that I made quite some years ago. Some names are not corredt. But now I publish 34 albums with more than 800 (!!)  photos of these beautiful wildflowers. It took me some hundreds of hours to do all the work of retouching the photos, search for and named them, I hope with the correct names. See the book review below! More than once you will see photos of the same flowers again, but I hope you will forgive me to do so. Repeating nice things will not burden you, I expect.
The 34 albums show my love for plants, so also for wildflowers. I have already an obsession for rhododendrons and azaleas - see my website  www.rhodoland.nl, - yes, also in English - and you will understand what I mean.
I could not find every flower's name. Sometimes it is very difficult to distinquish one from others. If you disagree with names, and you know better, please, let me know. Thanks in advance!
Enjoy my albums!

Album 1303 Wilde flora Costa Blanca 1     1304-2     1305-3     1306-4     1307-5     1308-6     1309-7     1310-8     1311-9     1312-10     1313-11     1314-12
1315-13     1316-14     1317-15     1318-16     1319-17     1320-18     1321-19     1322-20     1323-21     1324-22     1325-23     1326-24     1327-25
1328-26     1329-27     1330-28     1331-29     1332-30     1333-31     1334-32     1335-33     1336-34

Books about wildflowers of the Costa Blanca in Spain:
1."Kosmos-Atlas Mittelmeer- und Kanarenflora" by Ingrid and Peter Schönfelder. With more than 1600 (species of) wildflowers. German ISBN 3-440-06223-6;
2. "Field Guide to the wildflowers of the Western Mediterranean" by Chris Thorogood; 630 pages with fine photos and good descriptions ISBN 9781842466162 - published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2016.
3. "Wilde flora rond de Middellandse Zee" by Marjorie Blamey and Christopher Grey-Wilson, Very good drawings; also English ISBN 90 6097 437 9;
4. "Plantas del Mediterráneo" Spanish book by Wolfgfang Lippert and Dieter Podlech, moderate to good photos, ISBN 84-241-2666-1;
5. 300 Plantes de la Vall de Gallinera, Spanish, good pictures ISBN: 978-84-695-4118-0;
6. "Pflanzen in ihren Lebensräumen an der Costa Blanca" by Ferdinand Rüther, good descriptions and photos, ISBN84-89111-16-2 
7. "Common wildflowers of Spain" by Austen F. Colwell by Santana Books. My advice: don't buy it, bad photos - most out of focus!
 
Tenerife wildflowers: Album 340 Tenerife Echium wildpretii
Album 351 Tenerife wildflowers 1 Album 352 Tenerife wildflowers 2
Album 353 Tenerife wildflowers 3 Album 354 Tenerife wildflowers 4
Album 355 Tenerife wildflowers 5 Album 356 Tenerife wildflowers 6

Wildflowers USA southwest:

Album 572 Wildflowers USA southwest 1
Album 573 Wildflowers USA southwest 2 Album 574 Wildflowers USA southwest 3
Album 575 Wildflowers USA southwest 4 Album 576 Wildflowers USA southwest 5
Album 577 Wildflowers USA southwest 6 Album 578 Wildflowers USA southwest 7
Orchis pauciflora, one of the finest yellow coloured orchids.

Orchis papillionacea, for me the finest of all the orchids on Crete.

 

Album 220 wildflowers of Oregon 2009 1
Album 221 wildflowers of Oregon 2009 2
Album 222 wildflowers of Oregon 2009 3
Album 223 wildflowers of Oregon 2009 4
Album 224 wildflowers of Oregon 2009 5
Album 225 wildflowers of Oregon 2009 6
Album 226 wildflowers of Oregon 2009 7
Album 227 wildflowers of Oregon 2009 8
Album 228 wildflowers of Oregon 2009 9
 
Albums of wildflowers of the western
Italian Dolomites:
Album 235
Album 236
Album 237
Album 238 
Album 239
Album 240 
Album 241
Orchids of Crete:
Album 376     Album 377     Album 378     Album 379
Album 380     Album 381

Wildflowers of Namibia
Album 1293 Namibia wildflowers 1    1294-2    1295-3

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