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ICELAND 2: ARCTIC FOX

Another highlight on Iceland was, by all means, our visit to the remote peninsula in the outer Nort West part of the country, called: Hornstrandir. We departed the town of Isafjordur by fast boat to a landing place called Hornvik. We'd been there in 2006 and knew that it is a very good place for observing Arctic Fox. For many years hunting is banned at Hornstrandir and, because of that, Arctic Fox is, by far, not as shy as in other parts of Iceland.

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ICELAND 1

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" Lost in Iceland", could have been the title of this picture taken in Fjallabak Nature Reserve, one of many remarkable places in this country. We, Ellie and I started our trip on July 12, driving with our own car to North Jutland in Denmark, to take the ferry to Iceland, but first to the Faroer Islands. All in all, we've been there 2 1/2 days, beautiful landscapes but not good (anymore) for birds. The number of seabirds we saw, compared to what one usually sees in Scotland or Iceland was very disappointing. So, finally on July 18, we arrived in Seidisfjordur in the east part of Iceland. Now our trip really started...

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BULGARIA

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End of April we went to Bulgaria till May 11. It was our third visit to this very interesting country.

Our main target were the Eastern Rhodopes and the last 4 days a photosession in NE-Bulgaria, in the so called Suha Reka (see picture above)

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WAITING FOR SPRING

Winter stays long. Also in March there was a lot of snow and ice and even in the beginning of April there was no sign of Spring. Nature is probably 3 weeks behind it's "normal"  schedule. The picture below of the Great Tit says it all: It has been taken end of March, there should be a start of new leaves on willows and poplars, but no  such thing. In the back you can see some light snow falling....

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SOUTHERN AFRICA IN JULY AND AUGUST

PICTURES OF THE NAMIB AND KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK IN ALBUM " ARID LAND" . PICTURES MADE IN KRUGER NP AND IN KWAZULU NATAL IN AUGUST IN ALBUM " RECENT PICTURES.

Half July we went to Windhoek in Namibia, picked up our rental car, a Toyota Condor (2-wheeldrive, but a lot of room between the car and the road) and drove to Sesriem Campsite in the Namib Desert. This area is famous for its magnificent landscapes and well renowned by nature photographers from all over the world. My last visit to this area was in 2004 and I was not photographing digital at that moment. So I was looking forward to visit Namibia again. And I wasn't disappointed, although we had all sorts of weather: extremely bright with fantastic vistas but also sandstorms, which gave the area a completely different look.

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