Sepp Hackhofer - Spring-Beauty


The fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) is one of the rare jewels of European Flora. It can be found only in very few places, but where it occurs it can be quite numerous. I travelled about 300 km one way to take a good look and to get some nice photographs. But, it is not only about a flower or a photograph. I was really enjoying the atmosphere of an extensive cultural landscape that was formed by man long ago, a mosaic of wet meadows, hedgerows, trees and water in between small villages. A Long eared owl singing all night, morning calls of the Curlew, Hoopoes, and a Starling imitating birds voices who arrive much later in spring, like the Golden Oriole. Just magic!!!

Tags: flowers, Fritillaria meleagris, fritillary, plants, spring

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