Butterflies are beautiful, aren’t they?

Thymus vulgaris and some butterfliesAs a macro-photographer I often hear that the details I am showing are a little too much. Many people seem to still be afraid of all those hair and bulges and hooks and horns that can be found in insects. But insects are still somehow beautiful, aren’t they? And butterflies in particular. They are so colourful and seem to have nice shapes. They fly so gracefully and are the embodiment of ease.

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Białowieża – International Summer-School

From 22nd to 29th of September, there was an International Summer-School organised by the FunDivEurope-Team. I had the honour to take part in it and learn a lot about functional diversity in forest ecosystems.

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(Just fyi, I have some nice sound files from Wikipedia included here. If you enjoy listening to birds or frogs while reading, go ahead and activate them :). They are looping, so you need to deactivate them, if you don’t want to hear it anymore.)

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first Blog entry

So this is my first blog entry. It will probably not be the best or most awesome entry that I make since I want to see several things in action. First of all, there is the hashtag #fundiv, let’s see if t works. Secondly, I added a picture to this entry and I am really curious how it will be incorporated in my posting.

Also I need a paragraph, to extend the length of this text a bit. I want to see how longer postings look like in the template I now chose (after 3 hours of browsing and adjusting…).

A little background on the hashtag. Last week I have had the honour to take part in a summer-school, organized by the coordinators of the FunDivEurope project. There we discussed using social media to raise awareness about scientific projects and how to spread the knowledge those projects generate into the public audience. Apparently I am the only one so far seriously using this, even though I am not part of this project. Anyway, for my/our project #smallFOREST this might also be a good idea and even though there is an official website existing, nobody is actively doing anything related to public relations and/or social media either. I will now at least pick up the idea and post a bit about my progress in this project and thus also some information and meta-information about the smallFOREST project.

I am btw also starting a Link-Collection related to topics such as biodiversity, fragmentation, ecosystem services and such “buzzwords”.