Left Alone

Let’s go for a walk! A friend told me recently the Department of Nature Conservation (re)opened a new hiking trail that follows the riverside of the river Grote Nete (aka Molse Nete). The hiking trail crosses a natural region where you can see a lot of different wildlife animals. That’s a bonus for me because the trail is only a few km away from my house.

 

Last week I went walking for hours on this trail and I had a great time. I had a lot of encounters with all kinds of animals. I also met this strange dude. It’s a sculpture made by a retired stone carver.

Pleased to meet you!

 

Coming back home I saw that Jimi was very disappointed he had to stay at home. Well, if you were a dog you could join me for these long walks, my furry friend.

   

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Route 67

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Something in the air. The best things in life are unexpected. Be prepared for the unexpected. I was walking home on Route 67, a promenade through a natural area, when a goose flew over my head. There was no time to change lenses to capture this decisive moment. Thank goodness for Lightroom.

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Toads

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Killed by traffic. Many toads are killed by traffic while migrating to their breeding grounds. A study on wildlife that is killed on our region’s roads in Belgium has found that toads are the animal most frequently killed by traffic, (7,118). The rest of the top 10 is made up of the hedgehog, the fox, the blackbird, the brown frog, the squirrel, the polecat, the rabbit, the stone-martin and the wood pigeon.

In some places special tunnels have been constructed so that toads can cross under roads in safety. In my neighbourhood, local wildlife groups like Natuurpunt, run “toad patrols”, carrying the amphibians across roads at busy crossing points in buckets.

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Getting Closer

Wildlife photography. To get close to wild animals you can stay hidden or you can show them you are not a threat. To befriend a wild animal, you will need to feed it. Throw a cat treat at the animal and make it land somewhat close to where the animal is.

It is important to remember however, that if you get too close, any animal can feel threatened. Better use your telephoto lens, just to be safe. And throw dark chocolate at the photographer.

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