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.
Every two years the Great Square, a landmark of Brussels, is covered with a sea of flowers. This event takes place in mid-August and makes the beautiful old guild houses and the town hall appear completely unfamiliar. More flower constructions can be seen throughout the city, making all of Brussels a special tourist attraction.
Manneken Pis, who wears special clothes on this day, is surrounded by crowds - good to have a telephoto lens.
The second Marcellus flood, in January 1362 destroyed cultivated land on the entire Frisian North Sea coast and the important trading town of Rungholt, which was by the sea at that time. Whole stretches of land were flooded and Husum, further inland to the east of Rungholt, now became a port city and gained increasing commercial importance.
Wildlife viewing is no problem at Swaziland's private lodges. The hired rangers know exactly how the animals behave and know how to drive to the best places from a safe distance.
There are more animals in the large areas of the Namib than one would expect from the wide sandy desert. Swakopmund therefore also offers tours to the "Little Five", which include the Palmato Gecko, a spider "the white lady", a chameleon, the Sidewind Snake and a lizard species, which we have also observed on the dune 45 .
Spotted hyenas populate large areas of Africa. They are also called spotted hyenas and appear strange due to their external appearance, since their front legs are longer than the rear legs. Their four paws each end in 4 claw-reinforced toes on which the hyenas run (digitigrad). The animals live together in clans up to 130 members, which are dominated by the females. One of the most unusual features of the spotted hyena is the masculinizati