I finally decided to realise my 'own photo-website'
Through it I hope I may share various species of animals (mainly local insects and lots of salamanders), plants or nature in general. It's a combination of old and new shots, which logically differ in (technical & artistic) quality. The prime idea is to show the multitude of the species, as we go further we will append and update with fresher, newer images ....
I actually adore photographing amphibians and salamanders more in peticular. Over the many years I've had the luck to encounter quite some rare salamander species, some of which are now (critically) endangered. AS far as the travel budget allowed ;-) the images were taken both in nature (which we prefer) or under captive conditions. We 've been quite happy to enjoy wandering around through the US in California, Oregon and even the amazing and "salamander rich" Appalachians and hope to re-vist in the coming years.
The last years however I've also started concentrating on our local nature (Belgium, Flandres) photographing almost everything that poses long enough for me to take the close - snapshot ;-) .... One of my preferred objects to photograph are the solitary bees. As salamanders they are currently under decline and have a very interesting ecological life history incl. inter-species dependancies and specific relations with our endemic plants. I hope to continue documenting them further... Within solitary bees I am focusing hard on the Andrena (mining bees) and their parasitic bees of the genus Nomada (wasp bees).
The main goal of most of the images is to set down a clear, sharp image of the species, while trying to maintain eye-contact. About 99,9% of my work concerns close up/macro work. In rare (but increasing) moments I also try some more "artistic/soft" approach.
We've made sure that the images carry the needed key-words so that the website can be searched, mainly by latin and dutch names. For some species key-words in more languages are present... but if you want to be sure just the scientific species or genus name instead.
The site shows only smaller shots (mainly 750 by 500 pixels). The original images, taken with various cameras, range from 3 tot 20 mpix.
I hope you may enjoy and thanks for your visit & interest