Mothwing
30 May 2014 @ 09:24 pm
Botanical Garden  
Crocky and I went to the Botanical Garden on Thursday, and I can't believe we hadn't been before, it's a beautiful place.

Although the rhododendrons we'd been promised are no longer in bloom we had a good time in the garden divided by continents featuring plants from each.



Read more... )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
28 February 2014 @ 09:26 pm
Benjamin Blümchen  
Stress resulted in this this week:



 
 
Current Mood: stressed
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
16 February 2014 @ 10:42 pm
Happypotamus  
I'm done! I couldn't do much during the past five days because of my cold, and here is the result:



Even though as you can see there are some unevenness when it comes to flower centres and yarns I'm very pleased with the result. I'm not sure what to do with this happy little fellow now, but it was still great to make.
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: sick
 
 
Mothwing
26 December 2013 @ 01:26 pm
2013 in first sentences of the month  
I'm in Hamburg with my family with some time to myself, so I'm doing the end of year meme, as every year. Here are the first sentences of all first posts of the month (excluding the book meme and wordless posts).

January: Over here, the weather has gotten really cold again, much to the delight of several of my colleagues who suffer from migraines alleviated by the chilly air and much to my dismay, because our car doors keep freezing shut so thoroughly that I can't defrost them enough to get to work on time.

February: Periodically, I browse the internet in search for werewolf books and most of what I find reads like a PSA for why it's a great idea to stay with an abusive partner ("Not his fault that he turns into a werewolf, it's the curse! He's not himself! It's just his violent nature that wants out!") or porn (really lulzy porn).

March: Crocky and I are going to Prague! [We ended up going to Paris.]

April: Spring hasn't quite gotten into the swing of things around here, but Crocky's tissue consumption certainly does mark the transition in seasons.

May: Creepy-crawly of the day: the common wasp, vespula vulgaris.

June: In less than two hours I'm going to be thirty.

July: Tal-y-llyn, where the sleepers lie in Susan Cooper's The Grey King. (Fire on the mountain, shall find the harp of gold; Played to wake the sleepers, Oldest of the old;), This book series may or may not have significantly spurred my love for all things Welsh.

August: I have this unfortunate tendency to pick things that I really don't want to do because I am scared of them and then do them.

September: The weather outside has started matching the feeling I've had in my knees for weeks: it's autumn.

October: Crocky and I went to Amsterdam on Tuesday and came back on Friday.

November: It was Crocky's sister Teddy's birthday party yesterday, or rather, one of them- this was the "queer adult edition".

December: I hope you get to spend some time with your loved ones and will have some time for yourselves, too, to wind down.


Hope you are all doing well, I'll catch up once I'm back home.
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Hamburg
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
26 August 2013 @ 10:55 am
Small Tortoiseshell  
The peppermint's in bloom!

Our butterflies like the flowers, too. Yesterday, three small tortoiseshells came to visit.




Small Tortoiseshell and Mystery Moth )

EDIT: Some of the pictures didn't show up at first, re-added them. Also, here's a picture of a spider family: Click!
 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
07 May 2013 @ 07:30 pm
Flying guest  
Creepy-crawly of the day: the common wasp, vespula vulgaris.

We've had a visitor who was apparently looking for a place to nest under a blanket on our couch, and she was much larger than any wasp I have seen around here, so I'm assuming that she is a queen. I captured her majesty, and holy crap, she is huge.

Wasp under the cut.

4x )
 
 
Current Mood: awake
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
27 April 2013 @ 12:55 am
Toads  
I took a well-deserved break from work today after the first two courses were done. Far longer than expected, but I did get to test the full degree of how water-resistant my softshell coat really is. Turns out that it's very water resistant, since I took a walk in the pouring rain at nine.

My plan worked, however - it being so late and so wet there were several toads. Sadly not as many as we saw the first day, and there were clear signs that their numbers were being diminished by the other creatures on the shores of the lakes and thus there were lots of little dismembered webbed feet everywhere, it was quite disgusting.

So, here are some toads!

The neighbourhood wants you to be warned so you know to be careful.

Here be a toad. )

Irresponsible dog owner rant )
 
 
Mothwing
27 January 2013 @ 06:07 pm
Vaguely disappointing insect exhibition with surprise reptiles  
Crocky and I went to a local insect exhibition today. It was at a tiny community centre around the corner and the poster had promised all manners of exciting large exotic creatures and they charged a rather hefty entrance fee. However, we soon realised in the first room that it was two small and rather dingy rooms and most of the all insect exhibits and also most others were pinned, some already very old and discoloured, and therefore not all that exciting - even though the organisers had clearly attempted to make them look more interesting by arranging them in terrariums. 

The second room was a very pleasant surprise because the organisers had brought their pet reptiles, spiders and myriapods and were showing them to visitors. Espeially the boas and the tortoise petting zoo were a big hit, though was a bit worried for the tortoises in particular. But the owners always watched out for their animals, and especially the teen handling the snakes and spiders seemed to know what he was doing and always made sure that the visitors treated his charges with respect, so I suppose they were fine.  



Spiders, insects, myriapods, and snakes. )

I want giant millipedes as pets. Crocky favours the boa we met today, but I think that these tiny plant-detritus eating creatures that don't grow to a length of 6m and don't live on live piglets are infinitely preferable. 
 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
29 August 2012 @ 06:50 pm
Big Cellar Spider  
I am not even kidding. Having a balcony and autumn weather sometimes means that the creepy-crawlies we get are really big and interesting. This is one of them - a spider with eggs. 

Below are the resulting pictures - they're a disturbing if you don't particularly like spiders. Some of them are sadly a bit blurry. 

Here be spiders. )
 
 
Current Mood: awake
 
 
Mothwing
16 July 2011 @ 06:35 pm
Great spotted woodpeckers  
Turns out that there are two great spotted woodpeckers!

Usually, I've only ever seen this little guy: 



And I always get really excited whenI see him, and even more when I see both of them: 





More woodpecker )
 
 
Current Mood: cheerful
 
 
Mothwing
07 July 2011 @ 10:43 pm
Bird noticing  
Not so much bird watching, because of the utter lack of effort, but it's still fun. Crocky's study/music room/our guest room has the best window, with trees and a small park in front of it. This means that I wouldn't be manage to work in it because I get distracted too easily by the birds outside.

Because her computer freezes whenever we try to run Fable 3 I've spent a large chunk of today at that desk trying to fix things (it freezes and crashes her PC in spite of her PC meeting all the necessary system requirements. We really don't understand it - all the drivers are up to date, it's really odd. It does seem to be a graphics problem, though), and so far, I've seen:
  • house sparrows: there's an entire family of them living nearby. A couple of days ago I nearly stepped on one of their tiny, barely fledged offspring who was sitting on the pavement like a tiny ball of feathers.
  • tree sparrows - ditto, they're pretty common around here.
  • magpies - the things went and stole entire fat balls I had stored on the balcony. Opened the package and took the entire thing - the squirrels took care of some, too, though. Not even the nets were left, sadly, and I'm not sure where they've ended up and what damage they'll cause.
  • blue tits - who sadly aren't as interested as I'd like in the black fly lice on our nasturtiums
  • coal tits - similarly unenthusiastic about the lice. Shame.
  • a nuthatch! I could watch their tree climbing skills all day.
  • a great spotted woodpecker! Highlight of my day. ♥
Also, I'm pretty sure that I've seen bats around here before.

This area is awesome. 
 
 
Current Mood: excited
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
06 July 2011 @ 04:25 pm
Last day of school!  
So, today's the last day of school! Free time, possibly even warm weather, and even free LJ kisses, oh my!

What more could I ask for. I've got my big cup of cappuccino and I'm absolutely not preparing any lessons right now.

And of course I managed to get sick, but I'm used to that once the stress is gone, so I'm starting my holidays sniffling and sneezing once more. I'm not really in the holiday mood yet because I'm going to work on my thesis in summer and get to house-sit in Hamburg rather than going away somewhere, but it'll still be nice to have some free time, finally.

Apart from working on my concept I'm translating something for the charity that my neighbour runs and I'm contemplating which PC game to buy. Although that means I'll have to upgrade my graphics card sometime soon, because mine has been increasingly wobbly lately.

But other than being sick, everything's FINE.
 
 
Current Mood: sick and relaxed
 
 
Mothwing
03 June 2011 @ 01:41 pm
Bugs and Flowers  
We have a playground around the corner that has some very pretty flowers, a pond and a water pump.

Here are some macro shots of flowers and bugs living, breeding on and feeding off them.



+2 )



Who did this? +5 )



Here be bugs. +5 )
 
 
Current Mood: hungry
 
 
Mothwing
20 January 2011 @ 10:15 am
Geese.  
Hello there, geese, welcome back.

Was the trip really worth the effort, though? You were only gone for two months this time.
 
 
Current Mood: mellow
 
 
Mothwing
07 August 2010 @ 10:26 pm
Smart Dog  


Ever since we read this comic Crocky and I wanted to see how Dax would do on an intelligence test. We both never even knew that there was such a thing as intelligence tests for animals, and I'm still agog. What's the point? o.O I can sort of see it for service dogs, but for pets? Who cares?

Meet Dax, my mother's hunting dog.



He is a Pudelpointer, and we already know that he passed the German character test required to allow him in public without a muzzle or a leash in designated areas with flying colours, so I was not too worried about his performance.

But I was still curious how well he ) would do on the test. )

So he is still the smartest. ♥


My cat probably isn't. Sev. )
 
 
Current Mood: tired
 
 
Mothwing
07 July 2010 @ 11:34 pm
Ducklings!  
Let's have some ducklings!

Let me preface this by saying: Don't feed ducks bread. It's unhealthy for them as well as the lake (if you are hell-bent on feeding them, and ducks looking as cute as they do and these birds being tame, anyway I can understand that, either use feeding pellets, or stuff like grapes or peas). The ducks on the Maschsee in Hannover are being fed by the students from the school across the street as well as the scores of visitors to the lake that come every day and they're so used to humans they're practically tame, more so than any other inner city birds I've ever seen. They'll even take food directly from people's hands.

And now on to the mallards and their offspring.



Many many ducks and ducklings... )
 
 
Current Mood: calm
 
 
Mothwing
08 December 2009 @ 01:32 pm
Day 8  
Day 01 → Your favourite song
Day 02 → Your favourite movie
Day 03 → Your favourite television program
Day 04 → Your favourite book
Day 05 → Your favourite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy

Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad

I miss my cat.

I miss my cat. :(

Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobbie of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
 
 
Current Mood: calm
 
 
Mothwing
07 December 2009 @ 01:20 pm
Day 7  
Day 01 → Your favourite song
Day 02 → Your favourite movie
Day 03 → Your favourite television program
Day 04 → Your favourite book
Day 05 → Your favourite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy

Sev and Dax

Our pets. ♥
I've grown up with our dogs and our zoo, and the time I've been living with Crocky is the longest time I've been without pets. I miss living with animals, and I get sad whenever I think of all the poor animals at the shelter. I wanted to volunteer at the local shelter so I could help making their lives better, but volunteering is not as easy as I thought it would be - they don't seem to take volunteers who help out with the pets, apparently, and since I'm broke I'd rather donate time and walk the dogs or pet the cats than money.

Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobbie of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
 
 
Current Mood: nostalgic
 
 
Mothwing
13 October 2009 @ 09:48 am
Excursion  
A couple of weeks ago I went on an excursion with a group of hunters from Hamburg to see the wild ponies in Dülmen. We had a really good time, and I was told maybe a hundred times that I, indeed, look like my mother, who organised the tour together with another hunter and had invited me to come along. ♥

The pictures can be found if you click on these links.

Day 1: Merfelder Bruch


Day 2: Environmental centre and carp ponds


Day 3: Dülmen
 
 
Current Mood: calm
 
 
Mothwing
25 September 2009 @ 02:59 pm
Excursion Day 1: Merfelder Bruch  
We left Hamburg in the early hours of the morning for our excursion to the Merfelder Bruch, home of the last remaining herd of wild ponies in Germany. While other herds did not survive because their feeding grounds became scarce as cultivation increased, the local Herzogs protected a part of the horse's habitat and the herd, which has been living in the area since the thirteenth century.

In contrast to other herds of wild horses these are all female, for there is not enough room to accommodate a herd with both males and females. The colts are caught once a year, some of them are sold and tamed, only two stallions returned and the rest of the colts that are not sold sent to live in a separate area. To prevent inbreeding there have been projects in the past decades to exchange colts with similar herds of wild ponies in Poland.

We heard to rather interesting talks on the horses, the area and projects to support them, and were lucky enough to have the horses really close by, up to five meters from us, feeding and dozing.



Dlmener Wildpferde (15) )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Merfeld
Current Mood: happy
 
 
Mothwing
01 September 2009 @ 12:07 am
Lots of fishes  
This is a backdated entry. I meant to post it at the time, but never got round to.

Yesterday, Crocky and I went to SeaWorld, and it's a beautiful place. The lighting is amazing, the tanks seem, by an large, to be of a fairly reasonable size, the fish were all bred in captivity and there is a member of staff in each room who explains interesting things about the fish and makes sure that no one stresses the fishes with flashlights or hitting the glass.





Caution, picture heavy (33) )
 
 
Current Mood: cheerful
 
 
Mothwing
22 April 2009 @ 02:36 pm
The nice kind of bug  
Something nice for a change: I usually only whine about this city, but finally, I found something that I love about this city: it has may bugs!!
Yay, may bugs!


I saw the first ones today on my way to my appointment with my GP and rescued two from the street and put them back between some shrubs in the park. I hope they don't get stepped on.

I love, love, love these beetles, and I am not sure whether I should be glad that I don't live in a time in which they are so numerous that they they threaten our harvests or sad that they are so rare that when I saw one of them today I stopped and watched it until it has waggled out of sight, trying to remember when I've last seen one - which was back in the late nineties, and even back then my mother called me to show it to me because it was such a rare sight.

Also, I found
'Es gibt keine Maikäfer mehr'  on YouTube - ah, childhood memories - and pest control wank in the comments. Seriously, Reinhard Mey fans, I would have thought you were above that. o_O.
 
 
Mothwing
18 February 2009 @ 08:53 pm
The Birds  
I've seen the biggest flock of pigeons I've ever seen this evening. They suddenly became visible across the roofs of the courtyard and wheeled about in the sky for about half an hour, then settled again within five minutes and were gone for the rest of the evening.

I wonder what could have stirred them up so badly.


+3 )


 
 
Current Location: Hannover
Current Mood: curious
 
 
Mothwing
16 February 2009 @ 07:24 pm
Macro  
One of my Christmas presents was a macro lense. I tried it out on various items in our flat today, like a critter I caught in the tub and Crocky's flowers.

Surprise thermobia is surprising:



The species of the bug above, firebrats or Ofenfischchen, is over three hundred fifty million years old, though it is difficult to date these exactly from what I've read. Fossils are found from as early as the late Devonian and the early Carboniferous period. They lived in the hot equatorial regions on which tree ferns and 15m relatives of today's horsetail evolved and spread, forests which would become our coal deposits. Their species evolved before winged insects had, their order is thought to be the link between winged insects and their wingless ancestors. They retain their flexible abdomen in contrast to many other insect species which helps them to move quickly, and their long feelers and bristles function as an early-warning system. They can live up to four years and live in warm areas, feeding on lichen, algae, and anything else organic that they can obtain.

Unless, of course, you are a creationist, in which case ignore the above: these were specifically created by the Lord to live under our floorboards.

'You think you can catch me? Kiss my cerci!' (4) )

Scary flower face is scary:



Yay, gerbera! (7) )

Yeah. Back to work.
 
 
Current Mood: busy
 
 
Mothwing
15 March 2008 @ 12:44 am
Antarctican Deep Sea Life  


These are olds rather than news, but I only discovered this today and it is fascinating.

A team of international scientists have studied Antarctic deep sea life and found the most bizarre sea creatures.
Of course sea creatures always tend to be somewhat more bizarre and alien than land-dwelling creatures, but these things are even more alien - like the things in the picture above, plankton eating creatures, apparently. So beautiful!

My favourite, however, was a spidery thing that has the greatest swimming style.

I come bearing video footage )
 
 
Mothwing
05 June 2007 @ 12:16 pm
Pictures  
I may not be able to post any entry longer than three lines at the moment, but maybe I can post pictures?

My amazing cat:



Meet Sev )
 
 
Current Mood: cheerful
 
 
Mothwing
15 May 2007 @ 07:03 pm
Coolest video ever  
Lookeeee the pretty Ciliate! )

I've also been watching neutrophils chasing and chomping bacteriae for an hour now. YouTube is awesome.

Right you are, I am hungry, too. )
 
 
Current Mood: jealous
 
 
Mothwing
01 May 2007 @ 07:00 pm
Happy Birthday, Hagenbeck  


Hagenbeck's 100 this year. Hagenbeck is the illustrious zoo in Hamburg. It's too expensive to EVER go there, sadly. But I still love it. Although it was not even IN Hamburg when it was founded (but in Stellingen), it is today one of the most famous places in this city and definitely worth the visit.

It is one of the first zoos in Germany whose owners cared about proper animal care, and while I don't really agree with the existence of zoos in general, I am happy that there were and are people who want to ensure that animals in captivity have a better life.
 
 
Current Mood: drained
 
 
Mothwing
26 March 2007 @ 05:14 pm
Hee heee.  
This is probably one of the cutest things  I've seen in years.

So cute it even beats Knut.

Crocky, you really need to look at this.
 
 
Current Mood: awake
 
 
Mothwing
25 March 2007 @ 07:07 am
Who Needs Orang Utans...  
Oh, this is just great. Five years, and then they'll probably be extinct due to deforestation thanks to the palm oil industry, of all things!

"Palm oil is seen by critics as a cautionary tale about good intentions. As a vegetable oil it can enhance a healthy diet, and as a biofuel it can reduce carbon emissions which contribute to climate change. Yet it transpires that humans' pursuit of an ethical lifestyle could inadvertently mean a death sentence for one of the great apes.

The paradox was brought to world attention by Friends of the Earth, whose ongoing campaign for producers, manufacturers and retailers to commit to sustainable palm oil was recognised at last week's Observer Food Monthly awards with the honour for best ethical contribution to the industry.

The UN's environment programme report, 'The Last Stand of the Orang Utan: State of Emergency', says natural rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia are being cleared so rapidly that up to 98 per cent may be destroyed by 2022, and the lowland forest strongholds of orang utans much sooner, unless urgent action is taken. This is a full decade earlier than the previous report estimated when it was published five years ago. Overall the loss of orang utan habitat is happening 30 per cent more rapidly than had previously been thought."

Awesome.

 
 
Current Mood: cynical
Current Location: Hamburg, Germany
Current Music: Hogfather
 
 
Mothwing
27 December 2006 @ 12:23 pm
Kitty Christmas!  

Of course, the whole redecoration is only done for the pleasure of my cat. And the fact it's christmas means, of course, that there are lots of ribbons for him - and that's the point, really, isn't it?

Cat and ribbon (8) )

I love him. Of course, playing with him comes at a price, and thus I've got scratches on my hand - hey, it's his ribbon, serves me right.

Will go and work on some term paper now. 

Yay.
 
 
Current Mood: content
Current Location: My Room
Current Music: High Fidelity - DVD and parental fighting
 
 
Mothwing
16 August 2006 @ 12:01 am
Attention Whore  
I miss my girlfriend. Oh she is here, physically. She is busy organising stuff for various online affairs, and somehow I do not want to tell her to go offline and talk to me, because she seems to be having so much fun.

Fine, back to editing pictures it is. *sticks out tongue* Lots of them. Here goes -things which have been Done Before. 

Organising those sites is bound to be over at some point. ^^


 

More Pictures. )
Something exiting happened today. I'm living in the basement, so the windows are overgrown, green affairs because there are plants in front of them. Well, they are better than any curtain and my father,who occupies my cellar normally, likes them there, so plants it is. Today, there was suddenly a rustling noise outside and I saw that it was a frog!! Sitting directly in front of the window!!



I tried to get Crocky interested in it, but she was too busy. It's pretty, isn't it? And more colourful than I would have thought. I was excited like a small child when I saw it and even climbed onto the desk and opened the window to get a closer look. Whee! A frog! ... or a toad? Will have to look that up.

Ah, well. Back to bed, and more cleaning and tidying and Latin stems tomorrow.

*hugs* to all.
 
 
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
01 August 2006 @ 11:15 pm
Butterflies  

Goodness, I don't have a life anymore! Sorry for spamming, but I love butterflies, they are the prettiest creatures I know and I did want to show you some. Yesterday, my awesome Mum took us (Julian, Crocky and me) to the Butterfly House in Hamburg. That's a kind of zoo for butterflies. It consists of three greenhouses in which the prettiest tropical butterflies flutter around freely, it's a truly magical place and I remember coming the first time when I was around six.

It was scary to see just how many people had brought their camera when we were there. I remember that back then, there were around five people who had one, now it was every second person in the room who had either a camera or a mobile phone with a camera function. Scary. They are probably sitting at home doing exactly the same thing I am doing just now.

Still, these butterflies are soo pretty! And huge, compared to those we have here, at home, and far more colourful. Well, apart from the peacock butterfly, of course.

So, here goes.


So. Will toddle off now. Sorry for the spam attack!
 
 
Current Music: Crocky logging into something.
Current Location: Basement
Current Mood: content