Due to the difficult situation at the moment in terms of contacts and travelling, I have gone into a small forest in my home country during the last weeks. According to the season I was focused on plant photography.
In the last years I have focused on the Eifel region with its beautiful grasslands and photographed different kind of orchids. But for a long time I had been thinking of photographing the smaller, delicate forest flowers: bush anemones and liverworts.
This is fascinating: "Some of this species can survive for decades without flowering and can live up to 360 years if no disturbances (...) occur" (see Wikipedia). For special variations of this small plant with very deep roots many thousands of Euros are paid, especially in Japan.
I somehow got fascinated by that- maybe because the first two trips were very disappointing - the first 10 hours I had to "learn the hard way", I made too many mistakes - e.g. choosing the less photogenic individuals. But finally it worked well and I spent 5 days with these beautiful flowers.
Due to the effortful selection of the "right" flowers, I needed on average 60-90 minutes for the realization of one picture, which was very time-consuming. But I think it was worth it and I am very happy for my first liverwort series. The very sunny weather helped me; the winds were not allowed to be too strong and played along.
Apart from the photographic aspect, these plants are wonderful to look at: the colour variations of the "specially protected" species range from blue and violet to pink and white.
But now I wish you lots of fun with this series into the macro world of our beech forests!
I hope you enjoyed the series!