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Sunday, April 20, 2008
imageIt was the first sunny and warm day of this year so time to put on our walking shoes and to go for a walk. Since a few days we are in the possession of a GPS and Topo maps so this was also an opportunity to see how the GPS works. We downloaded a GPS-track from the Dutch site GPSWalking and transferred it to our GPS. Most pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.

We opted for a 10-kms walk in De Meinweg National Park. De Meinweg National Park is a park of terraced landscape caused by fault lines below the surface. The four terraces bridge a height of about 50 metres and feature woodland, health land, bog pools and streams.
De Meinweg is the only nature area in the Netherlands where a population of wild boars is allowed to roam freely. The adder also occurs here. De Meinweg National Park forms part of the German-Dutch Cross-border Park Maas-Swalm-Nette

After a couple of 100 metres an Anguis Fragilis or better known as slowworm/blindworm crossed our path. In Dutch this creature is called a Hazelworm. It is a limbless reptile, which is active during the day (diurnal) and occasionally basks in the sun, but is more often found hiding beneath rocks and logs.


Slowworms are often mistaken for a snake, but have some distinctive features which differentiate them from snakes:

Elgar the Moose • 06:19 PM • Filed under: Insects,Reptiles,Walks • (0) CommentsPermalink

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Monday, August 06, 2007
On our regular stroll in the evening through the fields near our house, we always spot something.

Just look at those magnificent clouds above the fields. Our country is "famous" because of the Dutch lights painted frequently by old masters in the 17th century.


And how about this lovely Peacock butterfly (Inachis io, in Dutch: Dagpauwoog)?

These butterflies are called Peacock butterflies because of the large and colourful eyespots on their wings. Those patches resemble those on the tail of the peacock.


ah..well... Nature can be so beautiful. A pity that most people tend to forget that.
Elgar the Moose • 07:26 AM • Filed under: Insects,Landscapes • (0) CommentsPermalink

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Just today an article appeared in the newspaper that the hoverfly (= "zweefvlieg" in Dutch) is becoming an endangered species in The Netherlands. Due to intensified farming and dehydration (would you believe that with all the rain which momentarily causes all kinds of floods?) their numbers are going down quickly.

The hoverfly is not that familiar with people. The hoverfly looks a bit like a wasp, but there are some differences. For instance the hoverfly does not sting and their body is not curved. It looks as if they hover but that is not correct. They just move their wings very fast, about 300 times per second.

Here is a nice picture of the Hoverfly which we just received last week from Clan MacMoose. What a coincidence, don’t you think?

Clan MacMoose • 07:47 AM • Filed under: Insects,Clan MacMoose • (0) CommentsPermalink

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