Botanical garden flowers, insects and birds

Water lily leaf with pondskater, 10 August 2018

Still 10 August 2018, in the botanical garden in Leiden, the Netherlands. After the Chinese garden, we continued to the pond near the source of the stream: where we saw these green water lily leaves with a black pondskater near the upper water’s edge.

Like all photos in this blog post, this is a macro lens photo.

A great crested grebe swims in the canal.

Chrysanthemum, 10 August 2018

Near the old astronomical observatory, these Chrysanthemum flowers.

Bladder campion, 10 August 2018

Not far away, these bladder campion flowers.

Great spotted woodpecker male, 10 August 2018

On an old, nearly dead, tree, this sign explaining why it is not removed. The bird on the sign is a male great spotted woodpecker, a species living in the botanical garden.

Rough horsetails, 10 August 2018

Then, these rough horsetails. At 90 centimeter, they are now one of the taller horsetail species. During the Carboniferous, long before the age of dinosaurs, some horsetail relatives were 30 meter high.

Flowers, 10 August 2018

We continued to the systematic garden, to the many flowers near the bust of Linnaeus.

Butterfly on flower, 10 August 2018

One of these flowers attracted this white butterfly.

Wild pansies, 10 August 2018

Among the other flowers, these two wild pansies.

Lichens, 10 august 2018

We left the botanical garden, and saw these lichens on this wall.

Water lilies, 10 August 2018

Finally, these water lilies in the Doelengracht canal.

10 thoughts on “Botanical garden flowers, insects and birds

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