Garden Jewels

During past weekend I planned to try out a combination of tele lens and macro extension tubes. With this combination the depth of field is still very shallow but it is not one or two centimeters away from the front lens but comfortable ten to twenty centimeters (approximately) away. And while we were going to our cottage I had great chance to try it out.
Even though the garden seemed to be without flowers all I had to do was to take a closer look and suddenly tha garden was full of colourful flowers. Daisies, speedwells, blue and pink forget-me-not, heather are all tiny flowers that are like jewels hidden in grass.

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Here I tried focus stacking technique – focusing on different parts of the main subject and then in post processing combining them together to create image where the main subject is fully focused and the rest is not.
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One more attempt at focus stacking:
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And we finally saw who has eaten all the seeds
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Holidays on Madeira (part 5)

Today’s trip was all around the island od Madeira. Firstly, we started at Ponta de São Lourenço Nature Reserve which is located at the very eastern end of Madeira. Thanks to its geology and unique species of local flora and fauna, this 9km long peninsula has been a protected reserve since 1982. This area is completely different from the rest of Madeira, which is known for its lush greens. Of volcanic origin, Ponta de São Lourenço is mostly basalt and its vegetation shows off a desert-like landscape with spectacular volcanic rock formations.

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From the most eastern point of Madeira we moved to the most northern town – Porto Moniz. This town owes its name to Francisco Moniz, an aristocrat who lived here in the late 16th century. This place is known for natural swimming pools at which were formed by volcanic lava and are naturally filled with crystal-clear sea water.

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On our way back to Funchal we also visited Ponta do Pargo lighthouse which is Located in the most western point of the island. The lighthouse was built on a 300 metres high cliff.

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Holidays on Madeira (part 1)

At the beginning of June I spent a week on Madeira. The first day after arrival to this beautiful island was supposed to be relaxing so we could rest after whole night travel from Prague to Funchal, which is the capital of Portugal’s Autonomous Region of Madeira. And since Madeira is known as an island of flowers and it shouldn’t have suprised me that we spent most of the first day in two botanical gardens.

In the morning, just after breakfast, I simply had to see the view from the sundeck of our hotel and took few photos, mostly of the northern part of Funchal which looked the most interesting at the moment.
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And then came the flowers…
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When Rain is Followed by Sun

April weather is always very unpredictible. One minute it is hailing and the next one the clouds are gone and the sun is shining. This is what was last Monday like here in Prague. When I came home from work, I was quite tired. Then I looked out of window and saw drops of water shining from ends of leaves and grass and I immediately knew it is time to grab my camera (which I keep fully charged with memory cards empty and therefore ready to go in no time) and go out. I suddenly felt full of energy as I enjoyed warm evening when the setting sun lit everything around me.

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“Golden Rain”
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This photo was taken on a different occasion, when I had my camera with me and I saw these beautiful japanese cherry trees (also called sakura).
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First Spring Photos

Spring is the most beautiful season for me. I really like those new light green leaves on the trees and bushes, trees in blossom and various colourful flowers. And the spring is finally here. I enjoyed this first weekend when the weather was sunny and warm just right.

The apricot tree came into blossom recently and it’s branches were covered with white
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Beautiful pink primula.
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And some blue flowers.
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Late Afternoon in Prague Zoo – Part III

The weather these days is cold and sunny, only few degrees above 0 and that makes perfect conditions to go outside and take some photos. Yesterday, I went to Prague Zoo again, only about two hours before all the visitors would have to leave the zoo. And it was really cool, everything was lit with golden light, especially the exhibits on the southern hillside and there I took most of the photos. All these photos were taken when the sun was just above the horizon and therefore the colours are very warm.

Eurasian Wolf (Canis lupus lupus)

Female Boja is the last member of the wolf pack that lived in Prague Zoo.
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Brown hyena (Parahyaena brunnea)

This was the first time I saw a hyena in their exhibit.
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Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus)

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Red panda (Ailurus fulgens)

I was very lucky to see red pandas in their outside exhibit as they usually go outside in the early morning hours.
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Red kangaroo (Macropus rufus)

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Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

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When I was leaving the zoo, I saw these white blooms near the exit. Although it is winter, they looked like they came into bloom recently.
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