The ponds around Herrnstein Castle near Ruppichteroth in the Rhein-Sieg district always offer opportunities for beautiful animal photos. Today the waters were mainly populated with many mute swans, but rust and Canada geese as well as pond and coot also attracted attention. We had a tripod with us for the Nikkor 200 - 500 mm f / 5.6, but this beautiful lens can also be used by hand thanks to the VR II image stabilization.
In a photo series of around 50 images of a super moon, an unexpected object came in front of the lens: an airplane that was flying very high.
This coincidence led to an interesting photo that could hardly have been planned.
My Nikkor 500 mm f / 4.0 and a 2-fold converter were used.
The Japanese macaques of Yudanaka are also called snow monkeys. They love to sit in the hot springs in winter. But still in the 1950s, the monkeys were not doing well. They did the same in the nearby onsen and went straight to the hot baths with the guests. This was not for everyone, so the macaques were hunted first and their population shrank accordingly.
To the right of Saturn, the radiantly bright Jupiter is currently appearing in the south above the horizon. After the images of Saturn, Jupiter should also be photographed.
The goal was to make the huge red whirlwind eye of Jupiter visible - well, that didn't work now but at least you can see in the photos that Jupiter is not a disk either :-)
Comet C / 2020 F3, Neowise, was difficult to photograph above Hennef. Haze and light pollution prevented several attempts and the planned beautiful image composition with Neowise over Blankenberg Castle was unfortunately not possible. But tonight it was finally time. The lower temperatures kept the haze over Hennef at bay, the sky was relatively clear ...