Horniman museum

It is now a little while ago, but you might reminder I received an award for my picture ‘Looking for shelter’ in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest in 2015. Now this European Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition of 2015 is running in the Horniman Museum and Gardens (in London). And so the museum has dedicated one of their blogs to me and my photography. What an honour! Read more about the making of my winning picture and others on their blog.

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Instagram

Yep, finally I am on the Instagram!… It took me some while to start with, but hey… better late than never… So if you want to stay tuned, please don’t hesitate and take a closer look at my page. Once you’re there I am sure you’ll have a great time anyway encountering all kinds of inspiring photographers. Enjoy and hope to see you!

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Sundew

I just can’t believe it has been so long ago (2009) that I took my last Sundew pictures. I love this photogenic plant, but somehow along the way it lost my attention. Until last summer when I just accidentally and therefore unexpectedly bumped into it again. I instantly re-fell in love and decided to follow it for a few weeks.

The Sundew is a master seducer. Starting with its leaves. Its leaves look like flowers because of their color and beauty but they are ‘just’ leaves. In fact its real flowers are the less distinctive part of the plant, blooming only for a week or so with little white unobtrusive flowers.

Then there are the little droplets at the end of the tentacles that grow on each leave. These droplets look like dew, therefore obviously its name. It is not dew however but nectar. This nectar produces a sticky digestive enzyme with which it attracts insects. So yes, the Sundew is a carnivorous plant! It can trap and digest insects in order to obtain nutrients such as nitrogen. This allows the plant to survive where others can’t, namely in nutrient and low nitrogen moist areas. When an insect lands on a leaf, it gets stuck on the ‘dew’. As it struggles to get out of it, the tentacles of the leaf start to wrap around the insect. Eventually the insect suffocates and dies. The enzymes of the plant absorb the well needed nutrients of the insect in order to survive. This digestive process will take up to a week or so. After this period the leaf unfurls and it is ready for its next prey.

Over here in the Netherlands there are three sorts of Sundew: Drosera intermedia, Drosera rotundifolia, and Drosera anglica. I photographed the first one, Drosera intermedia. Once it was on the red list, but because of good nature management to preserve moist heathland and peaty soil it now luckily is a bit more common.

Although easily overlooked because of its tiny size, once seen through a macro lens, there is no way back. The bling bling effect of the dew looking drops and the color red are addictive to play with. Still I tried to challenge myself to go beyond these effects and place the plant in a broader perspective while only using my macro lens. I think I made a plausible start but the subject tastes like more so hopefully next year I’ll be able to continue to follow this master seducer called Sundew…

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‘Ondersteboven’

These days we are overloaded with nature photos. If it’s not from ourselves, it is from others. Nature photography is ‘hot’. The more difficult it is to stand out with your pictures of course. One of the people who, in my opinion, does stand out, is Ronald Hofmeester. He has recently published his first book, called ‘Ondersteboven’, roughly translated as ‘totally blown away’. His book is a combination of pictures and poems (in Dutch). It is an ode to nature around us which we so often pass but don’t see. Ronald has always inspired me with his creative own style. When he told me about his book I already knew from the beginning this was going to be a good one. My feeling proved to be correct. Last Sunday there was the presentation of his book. And although this was in the first place a very special day for Ronald, it was also special for me. What was the case? Ronald had asked me to accept the first copy of his book! What an honor! This doesn’t happen to me every day of course, so I was totally ‘Ondersteboven’ (blown away) by this beautiful gesture. The book turned out to be really beautiful. Also his son Tim made a very special and personal sound picture to accompany the book. Congrats for Ronald, he did a great job.

Getting curious about the book? See for more information and ordering Ronald’s website (only in Dutch).

Picture taken by Edwin Giesbers.

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Publication Agenda Iris

I was very pleased and felt honored that the digital Spanish magazine Agenda Iris (from Aefona) asked me to contribute to their nr. 17 issuu of 2016. This is now my first Spanish publication, yeh! It is a beautiful magazine with plenty of room for all pictures to stand out. It is a real joy to be among all of these great photograpers. But most of all it was a real pleasure working with Félix Gil, a very friendly team member of the magazine and my contact person during the period prior to the publication. Thank you Félix and Javier Alonso Torre for giving me this opportunity!

Click here to see the full article or here to see the full magazine.

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