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Niall Benvie - Niall’s Outdoor Photo Kitchen, Spain

Monday, December 21st, 2009 Posted in Southern Europe, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

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While most species are migrating north in spring, I flew south to Andalucia in late April, driven by the need to photograph rather than breed. In planning an itinerary for this spring, I thought of southern Spain as a famous, ...

Niall Benvie - Nature Against a White Background, France III

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 Posted in Southern Europe, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

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Bob and the others had left during the day yesterday when I was in  Digne and Joël had remained there since it was his home town. This was the first day since my arrival when most of my conversation was ...

Niall Benvie - Nature Against a White Background, France II

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 Posted in Southern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Just after breakfast, Robert (by this time I had been encouraged to use “Bob” and “tu”) showed me a site for henbane, a fantastically poisonous member of the nightshade family that grows on a roadside above Guillestre. Although I had ...

Niall Benvie - Nature Against a White Background, France I

Monday, October 26th, 2009 Posted in Southern Europe, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

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Foreword: So many of the interesting opportunities I am given come about by pure chance. At the 2008 photography fair at Montier-en-Der, Wild Wonders of Europe director, Staffan Widstrand, was approached by Michel Blanchet, chief scientist at the Queyras Natural ...

JOSÉ B. RUIZ – NARODNI PARK CESKE SVYCARSKO, CZECH REPUBLIC III

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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18th September. Dobri Den! Good morning! Tomás and Vashek are coming to take me to some nice sights but I cannot wait. Very early I went out for a small walk and had some luck with flowers. When Tomás and Vashek ...

Niall Benvie - Fliess, Austria 07

Sunday, July 20th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized, Western Europe | 4 Comments »

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See Niall on Landeck TV (in German) at http://www.landeck.tv/php/videodetail.php?id=38624 Day 8. 9th July 0930. Today I have company (and a catcher) - biology student Philipp - who is highly adept at finding models. Outstanding amongst these is yet another grasshopper; this one ...

Niall Benvie - Fliess, Austria 05

Sunday, July 20th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized, Western Europe | No Comments »

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Day 5. 6th July. 1000. It’s a little hard to explain to the owner of the guest house that Ernst had got permission from her husband the previous evening to put boxes of moths in their walk-in fridge overnight. Some things ...

Niall Benvie - Fliess, Austria 04

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized, Western Europe | 1 Comment »

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Day 4. 5th July. 0530. The previous day I had found a location with an uncut hay meadow near Fließ that I thought would be ideal for one of my summit-valley “stepped” panoramas. On arrival, however, the extreme contrast between ...

Niall Benvie - Fliess, Austria 03

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized, Western Europe | 1 Comment »

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Day 3. 4th July. 0915. Anticipating a very late night moth catching, I don’t start work until after breakfast, heading straight out to the Sunny Slopes near the village. Only this morning it is not Sunny and there has been ...

Niall Benvie - Fliess, Austria 02

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized, Western Europe | No Comments »

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Day 2. 3rd July 0715. Fließ (Flee-ehs) In July, Austria (or at least, the Tirol) is a Hot Country. By my Scottish reckoning, any place where I have to shed my last fleece is a strong candidate for this dubious accolade, ...